After being out of town for close to a week, I came back to find several of our fruit trees having set small immature fruit.
When I left, the majority of our spring blossoming fruit trees and bushes were blossoming with the exception of our apples and a few of our pear trees. Upon our return, most of them continue to bloom, including the peaches, several of our pears, plums, cherries, nanking cherry, blueberries, honeyberries, and grape vines. Our apricots have finished blooming. Several of the earlier blooming peach trees are starting to have their blossoms fade.
But in walking through the garden, I was very, very surprised to see many of the earliest blooming fruit trees already setting fruit on March 18th. This is much earlier than in years past.
The photograph above is of some of the immature fruit on our Reliance peach. I frankly do not remember the reliance producing very many blooms, so I was surprised to see these fruit. Our other peaches are also showing immature fruit, but on a much smaller scale.
Both our Moorpark and Blenheim have also set a lot of small immature apricots. This is gratifying to see given that we really did not have any production from either of these trees last year. The photograph above is from the Blenheim.
Our hybrids are also showing small fruit, including the pluots, apriums, and nectaplums. The fruit in the photograph above is from our Spice-Zee Nectaplum.
Our figs are also starting to show some breba fruit.
I am just blown away by how early the fruit are coming in. I was somewhat worried by our mild winter and early spring that we would not get much fruit this year. However, it appears that some of my fears were misplaced. While the jury is still out on how our apples and pears will do, we should get a pretty good crop from our apricots, plums, hybrids, and peaches . . . as long as we can fend off the varmits and insects.
This also goes to show that pollination was not an issue. Our local insect population is doing their job, whether it be honeybees, mason bees, other bee types, or moths.