Monday, June 19, 2006
The Peaches are Disappearing
I knew that when I planted a peach tree that I was going out on a limb in Minnesota, but it was developed for colder climates....even so I did not allow my taste buds to start watering - after all, it would be several years before it produced fruit. Even when it bloomed for the first time this spring, I didn't get my hopes up - after all, there were not that many blossoms and who knew how many would set fruit and we all know that not all of the fruit that is set makes it to maturity. But somewhere along the line as the fruits grew and I wasn't losing any, I started to get excited. As of Friday I still had a dozen, but last night when I was watering I didn't see two that I knew should be there - surely they were just blending in really well - I looked from every angle - even getting down on my hands and knees (it is still a small tree) and looking up from below - they were no where to be found. So I counted again and could only find 5. I looked on the ground to see if they had fallen off in the storm Friday night - but there were none on the ground. The birds must have discovered them. I must admit I am disappointed - I do hope at least one makes it to maturity. But even if none make it - it has been fun seeing the peaches make it this far in this northern climate - next year should be a better year as the tree will be one year older.