Once the blossom fades on the stone fruit that live in our garden greenhouse, there follows the wait to see whether my bee activities have been successful.
The apricot was the first to flower but after a very floriferous year last year it only produced flowers on two branches. It is, however quality and not quantity that is important and so far it looks as though the few flowers that were produced are going to provide us with a least a taste of apricot. Some small fruitlets have already been shed but the remaining babies are swelling nicely.
The peach and nectarine flowered together and both produced a mass of blossom and so it was a mammoth tasks playing the bee role. No doubt I missed lots of flowers when wielding my pollinating brush but early signs are that some fruits have set.
The tiny peachlets are difficult to focus on but I have given it a go.
If the cluster above all start to swell I will have to bite the bullet and select just one to keep. I really will have to force myself to thin some fruitlets.
The nectarine is at a similar stage.
I do find it strange that baby nectarines are long and thin.
I may have to ease some of the dead petals from some fruitlets to prevent any rotting. Then it will be a case of waiting to see whether any of this promise will yield fruit. We don't ask for much just a few treats will satisfy.
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