Flowers and fruit...

15 October, 2013

I love how this time of year is so full of promise. The trees are flowering and its a waiting game to see what sets fruit.

Here are some hopes and some success stories.

Starting with stone fruit, peaches and nectarines are coming along.

This is a flat peach fruiting for the first time.

The white nectarine has set masses of fruit and will probably need thinning.

The sour cherries are blooming like mad...

... while the sweet cherries are slowly swelling.

Berries are not wanting to be left out.

The strawberries are almost ready. Not as early as your Louise, but they are not too far behind.

Blackberries are flowering too. Bring on fruit: I want enough for jam.

Pome fruits are not being shy.

Apples are flowering and setting fruit. I'll give it another couple of weeks before I say for sure what has set fruit and what hasn't, but there are at least a few baby apples on their way.

I have pears!!! Three years of tending the Belgian Pear espalier and finally I have fruitlets.

And last but not least, the citrus.

Lemon is going mad, as lemons do.

The orange is also flowering and may give fruits. In previous years set fruit has not matured, so I'm only cautiously optimistic.

Likewise the espaliered lime. Fingers crossed though.


  1. Wow, how exciting to have your fruit developing. How long have you had these trees in? I have put 15 fruit trees in over winter and another 5 (olives) just last week. I wonder how long I'll have to wait for fruit from my trees? I am intrigued by your flat peach!

  2. Varied times for these trees... The flat peach is 2 years old now I think, the pears are 3 years old, the orange is 2, the limes are in their first year, and the step over apples are 2 years old. It's so exciting to see them fruit for the first time. Good luck with your trees!