Sunday, 23 February 2014

Almost my favourite activity.



With Lady Magnon away for a while 'Grandson-taming', I was obliged to offer her St Valentine's Day present by Emailed photo. It's a Peach Tree, which I've now planted up in the new orchard.

I really know nothing about Peach tree varieties, so it was simply a matter of looking at each picture on the labels, and deciding which one looked the most delicious.

The one I finally chose was called 'Robin', and is a white fleshed, self-fertile, variety. Unfortunately that is the extent of my information. Even Wiki offered no more.

Because Peaches are early flowering, they can be tricky. One needs to plant quite a few trees, and just hope that at least one or two survive any late frosts. I've just counted our trees; we have ELEVEN (even I'm amazed).

As you might have guessed; I'm very fond of Peaches!

17 comments:

  1. Very nice too - we had some heritage varieties when we lived in the north but none down here - have to rely on buying them from the orchard - not the same as picking them from your own trees.

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    1. Most of mine are from pips that I've planted. They all have fruits, and some have been wonderful.

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  2. We have two apricot, supposedly bred for this country but we've only had more than the odd one once in about 6 years. Lets hope the weather is right for your peaches this year.

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    1. Even here we don't grow apricots. They are very early flowering, and usually get caught by frost.

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  3. The there is nothing better than a ripe peach

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  4. Halved, stoned and a knob of butter and a teaspoon of sugar popped into the cavity - roasted for ten minutes - oh I can't bear it any longer - I am desperate for summer to arrive so that I can have one.

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    1. My preference is warm from the tree, eaten with the juice running down my chin.

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  5. Amazing! I'd love to grow some here but I know that I'm in a bit of a frost pocket so the chances of getting any are remote. I might plant a few so on the odd year where it misses the frost we'd get some. I might also plant some cordon apricots in the big greenhouse (when I get round to putting it up) as they'd take up little space and I love apricots.
    I managed to harvest some peaches from a greenhouse at the house I was working at last year. Are your eleven trees all different types?

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    1. They're mostly yellow fleshed Peaches. Some are smooth skinned, others furry. I have quite a good selection.

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  6. We planted a peach a couple of years ago. it is suppose to be bred for "up north" of you. I don't hold out too much hope, but we had to give it a bit of a go. It is quite near to the house, so if it does flower and there is a frost, I shall rush pout with some sheeting.
    Gill

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  7. What a lovely and creative Valentine's Day gift for yourself (oh, excuse me, for your wife lol).

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    1. Shhhh, don't say that. She might read this!

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  8. In August I travel three counties north and east to buy peaches from Ashtabula County, along the Lake Erie shore. On the way home I eat one or two warm, ripe peaches. A lot of juice dribbling involved.

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  9. I planted a patio peach last year in a container but I think our garden is too exposed - not warm enough, it doesn't look as healthy as yours. Hope Lady M likes her/your present.

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  10. That's a lovely Valentine's gift and a lasting one at that!

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