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Is there a pear in there?

Pear swathed in netting

I wasn’t the only one eager to pick peaches yesterday. This morning, several peaches were hanging in the bottom of the netting, so I figured it was time to pick them all, ripe or not. Two were chewed up and gross, four were slightly bitten, but six peaches were pristine. They even all smell like peach! Must have driven that raccoon crazy trying to get at them.

The second best part of this (the best part being an actual harvest of peaches) is that harvesting the peaches means I could transfer the netting to the pear tree. Since there are only three unmolested pears left, it was all too easy to wrap the netting around the relevant branches.

Take that, you sneaky raccoons!

In which I dare to pick a peach

Two of the ripe peaches shielded by netting

Two peaches! So round, so pretty, so fragrant. You can tell which one is really ripe by the beak mark in the shoulder. But I haven’t dared to eat them yet.

All this rain better make my fruit trees ripen!

The garden is filled with fruit that just ain’t ripe.

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Hey, peachie, you dropped something

A bunch of small, hard pears and peaches

I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the peaches and the pears hanging small and round and scentless to ripen. The peaches have been rockhard so long, I even had time to drape some netting over the tree to keep the birds out. (I have no faith that the netting will do anything more than annoy the raccoons, but we’ll see.) This morning the peach tree looked all bent over and weighed down. When I went to look closer, I found a bunch of peaches in the bottom of the net and more on the ground and some with teeth marks in them. (I told you it wouldn’t stop the raccoons!)

And over by the pear tree I found a bunch more pears on the ground. Did they drop off, or get dropped off? Someone else is waiting for ripe fruit, and they’re not finding it either.

Could there be peaches?

Beginning blush on a peach

The last two years my peach tree has offered only a sparse set of hopes. The last two years raccoons and squirrels have dashed those hopes to the ground. This year, lots of plump little peaches are possibilities wrapped in pink blushing plushness.  Question is, will I stop admiring them long enough to put a net over them to protect them in time?

Can there be too many peaches?

My big project for today was to go out in the yard and play.

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First I admired how much bigger the pears and apples are already.  Then I took one last look at the amazing number of little peaches on the peach tree.  I learned last year from the plum tree, that if I don’t thin such a dense attempt at a crop, a branch could break under the weight. Also the plum tree is still recovering from last year’s efforts; there’s maybe three plums tops. I don’t want the same to happen to the peach. So I played “cut off the tinest ones so the big ones can grow”.

Now if I can just get the netting on it securely, maybe this year I’ll get some peaches to eat before the squirrels and raccoons.

What grows on trees

In all the wet weather, I haven’t seen many bees. A few bumblebees,  the occasional miner bee, and not even all that many honeybees. But little by little, they got the job done.

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More spring flowers

Peach blossoms, pear blossoms, and lots of tulips.

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All joining the plum blossoms.

Low Hanging Fruit

When you plant semi-dwarf trees, everything is low-hanging fruit.

So much for tree-ripened peaches

I was trying so hard to be patient, but no such luck with the squirrels. This morning, I looked out and saw only two peaches left. And it wasn’t the wind that did it.


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