I'm less generous with both my trees and my fruit.
Eva's Pride is my pride; I want her fruit to be plump and beautiful, and her well-shapen limbs to last for many years. This year, it seems as if every flower has left a velvety teardrop future-peach. It is too much. Mid Pride, Eva's less lovely sister, has done the same, a few weeks behind Eva, but she also suffers from many "double-fruits" which often split and rot near ripening. This commonly occurs after late summer drought—I need to monitor Mid Pride's drip line this year to make sure she's getting the water she needs. Neither of my nectarines this year are suffering from overbearing, and the mysterious White Tiger is just thinking about beginning to bloom, far behind its prunus cousins.
|A small branch before thinning. The ten inch branch has ten fruit on it, far too much for it to bear.|
|Here is Eva's Pride after thinning some of it. The small branch in the picture above now has three fruit, probably still one too many.|
|So much fruit that won't be.|
|Misshapen and doubled Mid Pride peachlings.|
Looking at what I removed from the trees almost made me sad; it looked like pies and jams and dribbles of juice running down my chin that I wouldn't have. But looking back at the trees and seeing how much still clung to their branches was reassurance enough.
There will be peaches. And, I will share, after I've had my fill.