I'm a little obsessed with the planting of fruit trees; in my practical mind, very few trees are worth planting unless they give you something to eat in return.
I'm reducing the size of the veg' growing area at Haddock's; in future I will grow fewer but better. I intend to pay more attention to the general health of my plants. I do know how to do this, but have previously been a bit lax. My father used to say that he (the gardener) grew 25% for the wildlife and 75% for us; I intend to make that 100% for us!
The new layout has now given me a small strip of land on which to plant a couple of extra fruit trees. They will need to be kept pruned, but still have plenty of space. They will take some sunlight in the early morning, but not enough to affect my vegs.
The nearest one (in the above photo) is an Apricot 'Rouge de Roussillon', and the rear one is a Plum 'd'Este'.
I've not bothered trying to grow Apricots before on account of their early flowering and our occasional late frosts, but I keep hearing of bumper crops elsewhere in the area, so.....
Otherwise, I only have one other pukka Plum, so a second one is a good idea. Safety in numbers, etc. I'd really like a Victoria, but they're not available here.
Now all I have to do is wait. The Plum will certainly bear fruit, but the Apricot; who knows!