Yesterday after I harvested almost all the peaches from my newly planted (February 2010) Prunus persica 'Tropic Snow' peach tree I was so OVER THE MOON (as I've mentioned previously but I like having a reason to be OVER THE MOON so I'm saying it again) with delight I hurriedly took some photos and thought I could get by with posting a few words to go along with the visual.
Being that I usually ramble on and on about plants
1) because it is easy to ramble about plants
2) because I tend to think since I want to know details EVERYONE must want details. Although I've lived long enough to know this is not necessarily true ... but that's another subject... for another time... or not.
So yesterday, with that quick entry, I thought I'd given you all a break from my ramblings and sufficed to exclaim my utter amazement at harvesting peaches.
1) There were lots of questions in the comments from (mostly) Florida gardeners which I will do my best to address in this post.
2) I actually DO have a few more words (and visuals, too) to say concerning peaches. If you can imagine such a thing... here we go.
Firstly, the photo of the peaches started out like this (above). So many of you commented about the photo I knew you'd want a detailed explanation of how it came about.
Each peach is a mere 2 inches or so in diameter. Piling them in a basket gave the photo the sense of the peaches being swallowed up. So I simply lifted them out of the basket ~cloth and all ~ and gave it another try.
Yesterday's photo (that I copied and included as the first photo on this post also) is the result. It just happened to turn out nicely with the cloth and the peaches piled on each other rather than in the basket.
But that's the fun of photography. Keep trying and you're bound to get a few good shots.
All in all there was a whopping total of 12 peaches harvested yesterday ~~ other than the two I plucked last week. There is a smattering ~ think: 3 or 4 ~ left on the small tree.
But ONE was more than my little heart ever imagined to harvest. So you can now understand better why I was OVER THE MOON for these few.
Secrets to growing? There are none really. My theory is the tree was too new for the bugs/critters to find it as it is planted among ornamentals. The TRUE test will be IF it produces fruit again next year. We shall monitor and report.
The tree was purchased at my favorite local garden center, Duncheon's Nursery & Landscape. They carry a goodly assortment of healthy fruit trees. I amended the area around the tree with aged horse manure and compost. Other than that I've only made sure to keep it well watered. I did not have to plant more than one tree for pollinating.
Here is a link with growing instructions for peaches (for Florida) from one of my favorite garden centers in north Florida.
As far as Pinellas County resources I suspect peach trees available at Jene's Tropicals.
These varieties for gardeners in subtropical areas are low-chill (150-350 chilling hours) peaches and nectarines you might find available in your area: Peach ‘Tropic Beauty’, ‘Tropic Snow’, ‘Flordaprince’, ‘Flordagold’; Nectarine ‘Sundowner’.
Even though peach cobbler is one of my favorites to make and to eat I won't be using these beauties for cooking. One by one each fuzzy orb is being peeled and sectioned and savored for all its worth. With each delectable bite its worth increases! The juicy, white flesh is deliciously sweet and flavorful.
Peaches have always been one of my favorite fruits!
Lastly, today marks the beginning of my fourth year of blogging since creating Hoe and Shovel.
For the record... that's a lot of chatting about plants, folks.
When I wrote my very first post for Hoe and Shovel I had NO idea another single garden blog existed. Hard to believe but that is the truth.
What a remarkable world has opened up to me in sharing this passionate hobby of gardening with each and every one of you.
Today I'd love to give out heartwarming hugs to all commenters and readers who spend precious moments of their lives reading this blog. Feel free to read last year's entry to hear my heart regarding how garden blogging has brought more friends and connections than I could ever have imagined going into this.
Thank YOU for making this virtual 'extension of gardening' an extraordinary experience.
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