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OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 7:42 am    Post subject: Top fruit - how is it for you? Reply with quote
    

The BBC has this article predicting a good year for top fruit.

There has not been a hard frost during the last few weeks here in Wharfedale - so Damson, Pear, Cherry and Apple blossom have not been damaged. Of course there's still time for the weather to turn nasty and knock off even pollinated flowers. But hope springs eternal.

After last years dire spring we had a tiny harvest of fruit. How is yours going so far?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8663
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Blossom is looking good but then it did last year too.... until we had gale force winds.

oldish chris



Joined: 14 Jun 2006
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Location: Comfortably Wet Southport
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just had a quick look. Its too early to tell. Damson and pears, looks like a reasonable amount of flower has set, way short of 100%, at this stage it appears that I may not have to thin the fruit this year. Apples: the petals are only just starting to fall.

However, the bush fruit (Ribes species) are looking really good.

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oldish chris wrote:
Just had a quick look. Its too early to tell. Damson and pears, looks like a reasonable amount of flower has set, way short of 100%, at this stage it appears that I may not have to thin the fruit this year. Apples: the petals are only just starting to fall.

However, the bush fruit (Ribes species) are looking really good.


I've several red currant bushes and they are looking good too (maybe I shouldn't have said that?).

earthyvirgo



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
Posts: 7972
Location: creating prints in the loft, Gerlan
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Blossom on our Bardsey apple is a huge puff of pale pink.

Normally there are a just handful of flowers.

EV

JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7753
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Very good blossom on the apples but the pears are a bit hit and miss, plum was very good for blossom

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gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
Posts: 243
Location: Leafy Shires of the Midlands
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just a quick photo of my Bardsey apple, just covered in large flowers. My apple orchard is masses of flowers. Plums all finished flowering.

All we do now is wait for the June drop.


tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44634
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Good set on most plums, lots of apple blossom

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3241
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Wonderful apple blossom but a few surprises, nothing on a Blenheim and a Bramley that are usually reliable. Very little plum or pear blossom and they're slow coming into leaf.
My favourites are the quinces, so pretty!

Orange Pippin website have a facility for entering information about your fruit trees, growth, crop and flowering dates.

dan1



Joined: 23 Jun 2010
Posts: 102
Location: Bristolish
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 13 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Great blossom on apples including Bramley, but bugger all on pears + plums + gages. Cherry not too bad either.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 13 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The apples I pruned heavily winter before last are flowering well, as are the cherries in the wood. English Quince has come into flower and is really lovely at the moment. Lost some cherry blossom in the woods to wind, but hoping the cherries set first.

gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
Posts: 243
Location: Leafy Shires of the Midlands
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 13 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just a run down on all of my fruit and nuts

Apples, Pear, Plum, Cherry Best flowering season and looks like the best set. Makes up for last year where there was nothing of anything at all. Most cider apple varieties no leaves and just breaking flower buds. Mirabelle plum has no flowers at all.

Peach, Apricot, Nectarine Very sparse.

Almonds Absolutely nothing.

Walnuts, Sweet Chestnut, Quince Just flowering so should be a bumper crop.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44634
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 13 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

gray_b wrote:
Almonds Absolutely nothing.


Same here

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 1464
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 13 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'd been thinking of posting the same question! Our apple blossom has been fantastic, with more on an old Russet than we've ever seen. Pear and plum, well, better than last year! Loots to be a good set on both. Currants all good too - the only fruit looking disappointing is our elderly goosegogs for the first time ever, but that may be the age of the bushes.

TTouch Homestead



Joined: 13 Oct 2011
Posts: 703
Location: Cardigan, West Wales
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 13 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Lots of flowers were on our apples, plums, crab apples, cherries, pears and our soft fruits too. Wind has I notice knocked quite a few about today, but hopefully damage not too bad. Looks much better than it did last year for sure.

Just need to make sure I keep the geese away from everything, and net the soft fruit from the local wildlife...
Even the strawberries are flowering and looking hopeful we will get more than a bowl ful...

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