Most the fruit trees in the garden are espalier trained. Sorry if the word “espalier” is misused. Though the trees grow two dimensionally along the XY axes sometimes they need to get their Z clipped too. Since the weather has been so incredibly tolerable, gardeners are out in force to doing what chores they can before someone opens the furnace door. This evening a few of the trees got trimmed a bit.
Here’s some before and after shots:
Plum – Santa Rosa: Still growing strong, Santa Rosa is an excellent variety for this climate. This is the first year that a harvest is expected. There is still loads of fruit tucked up under that thick, green canopy. Early June is the expected time to harvest. This year things are going slower because of the cooler weather; but Santa Rosa should be the first of the fruits to harvest.
Peach – O’Henry: This tree has produced fruit before but this season is a bit heavier. The leaves only grow on the tips of the branches but this season they are growing denser. This should help filter out the sun and prevent sun scald. Umbrellas will be planted next to the trunk and opened when the sun gets more intense. The fruit may be harvested starting in mid August.
Nectarine – Fantasia: The peach and nectarine are similar in growth with the leaves growing at the tips of the branches. The nectarine is doing a great job producing leaves. This tree almost fell to pruning shears to make way for another tree. I really thought this tree wasn’t going to work out. An umbrella is set up already for this tree and has been opened to help shade the exposed trunk and branches and prevent sun scald. Sadly, the one fruit that formed failed. An future harvest should be from mid July to mid August. I’m hopeful.
Apricot – Bleinheim: The apricot produces an abundance of leaves. It’s more productive than the successful plum tree. No fruit has been harvested yet but it’s hanging under the cool shade getting plumper and more delicious with each day. Harvest is expected in late June.
A couple of the trees didn’t warrant a pruning.
Apple – Granny Smith: These should be ready in August or October sometime. There are conflicting opinions. Regular sampling will be needed to determine harvest time.