Sunday, May 29, 2011

F&P Orchard Update

An early April blog post showed photos of blooms on the apple, peach and pear trees in the Frog & PenguINN orchard. In the month and a half since then, the blooms have turned into small fruit.

OK, we admit it’s rather small (now) but here’s a view of the F&P orchard. Smaller apple trees are in the first row. Large apple trees and peach trees in the row with the garden bench. orchard0522 (1)The two peach trees are already laden with so many small peaches that Grenville is talking about peach pies, peach cobblers, peach jam . . .peach tree collage0523He has similar plans for the apple tree . . . (except for the jam)apple tree collage0523The two strawberry patches have been producing better than ever this year, which is the third year since planting. We’ve frozen several quart-size bags. It will be great to enjoy these in the winter months.

0526 strawberries (1)It will be great to enjoy these in the winter months.strawberry collage0523We have a single Bradford pear tree, which produced wonderful blossoms this spring (and last year), but again no fruit. pear blossoms0407 (1)pear blossoms0407 (5)

Grenville has planted lots of veggies – asparagus. beans, beets, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, peppers, tomatoes, squash (butternut and yellow), zucchini – and will be posting an update soon. He’s also planting a Great Pumpkin patch later in the season. We love making pumpkin pie and carving jack-0-lanterns.

(Just don’t ask him about those blueberries.)


grammie g said...

HI Beatrice this going to work is what I am thinking right now!!
Nice looking fruit you have growing and picked ...I probably would have eaten all those strawberries they would never make it to the freezer!!

Montanagirl said...

Nice looking trees! I really like strawberries...Believe I'd have eaten them all up!

Phil said...

Hi Beatrice and thanks for visiting my blog; Now I'm returning the compliment. Think I'll have to pop round in person though to sample all that lovely fruit.

possum said...

OK! I am first in line (behind Grenville) for some peach pie!

Sandra said...

squash and peaches captured me right away. love peach cobbler, hubby loves apple pie, which i don't eat, and i was raised on squash and love it. quite a garden and orchard you have. yum

Out on the prairie said...

Pie sounds like a slice of heaven.Bradford pear is a ornamental nonbearing tree.

Daisy said...

Everything is looking great! I hope you have a good harvest from all your fruit trees. Peach Pie...mmmmmm! :D

Anvilcloud said...

I trust you guys will be as well preserved as your fruit -- so to speak.

Anonymous said...

Looks great!
It´s to early to see if we´ll get any fruit this year. The frost came and I think that at least the plum tree got hit rather bad.

I wish I could have peaches here but it just seems to be to tough climate here in my village. There is one variety I might be able to have called 'Riga'. I´ll see if I can find it around here.

Well I can at least enjoy the photographs of Yours :-)

Have a great day!

texwisgirl said...

great orchard. :)

L. D. Burgus said...

Your peaches are looking great. Peaches here are the size of a marble right now.

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

So wonderful to see all of that fresh fruit growing!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Grammie G, yes it worked! We have switched from embedded (no code to type) to a pop-up comments window and all is working least for now.

Yes Grammie & Mona The strawberries are so good we could eat more, but then when we enjoy them this coming winter, we will be glad we were not gluttons now.

Welcome Phil, if you can make it here, you are welcome to try the fruit.

OK, Possum we'll let you know when there's a pie ready.

Sandra, we like it all - peaches, apples, squash and butternut is a special favorite cause its delicious and colorful too.

Thanks Daisy, you will have to get in line for the peach pie.

Hey AC, we certainly hope so too - being well preserved that is.

Christer, we will be sure to keep you updated by way of photos...too bad you can't grow peaches. I like figs, but Grenville doesn't which is why we don't have a fig tree. But bees and wasps like figs a lot and so do birds.

Thanks texwisgirl and glad you returned for another visit!

Hey Larry, our peaches were that size just a couple of weeks ago so in time yours will grow as well.

Hi Kathleen, thanks it is very nice, even if lots of work at times. I enjoy seeing all your chicken updates.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Steve, forgot to let you know I was WRONG on the type of pear tree - it's NOT Bradford, but a Bartlet which is supposed to be fruit bearing but this is the 2nd year ours has not. Oh yes, a slice of pie is nearly heavenly!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

OMG, what a garden you have there and peaches too. WE had 2 trees and every year they were loaded but the squirrels never let us have any. We eventually cut the trees down as the squirrels were taking over our property.

I so hope you will have a huge harvest for all your hard work.

Elaine said...

I'm glad your peaches survived the late frosts you had. I'm sad that I live too far away to get to sample some of that peach pie.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Tammy, yes the garden and orchard will keep us busy, but it's actually smaller than it looks. Still we hope to have a large peach yield with some to enjoy and some to freeze. Grenville did mention wanting to do some peach preserves this year. There are squirrls around, but so far none have bothered the peaches and hope it stays that way.

Elaine, peaches did OK and if you came to visit, we would surely have peach pie :-)

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