23 Mar Blossoming has begun at Paradisos del Sol!
The first three species of flowering plants have started blooming along with the daffodils and apricots at Paradisos del Sol Winery located in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA in Zillah, WA.
Part of the biodiversity program at Paradisos del Sol is to have things in bloom from March to November to provide pollen and nectar to beneficial insects. “We have never needed an insecticide, we can’t find mealy bugs, leaf hoppers take a major search to find even one,” according to owner Paul Vandenberg. “This is thanks go predators in the vineyard.”
The purple mustard will be showing itself the next couple of weeks, followed by the larger showier yellow mustard species. The yellow showy vegetation will typically be done blooming by July in most vineyards, but Vandenberg says he will keep them blooming till after harvest through careful management.
“I planted sagebrush Artemesia tridenta this week to expand our species. More native steppe plants to follow,” says Vandenberg.