After a long day out, I was very excited to arrive home and find my peach trees have started to blossom. I have three peach trees which were all planted last spring, so I am not expecting many, if any, actual peaches this summer. Just knowing that they have made it through the winter and are happy enough to burst into blossom is enough for this year.
The trees were purchased as bare root plants last spring. Peach Peento Saturn and Peach Rochester were planted into pots which stand on the West Terrace and Peach Avalon was planted directly into the ground against a south facing wall by the kitchen. The potted trees are currently underplanted with Narcissi February Gold, which I will move to the garden after flowering. I will then refresh the top layer of compost, start to feed the trees fortnightly and water daily as trees in pots are very thirsty. I was considering getting my paintbrush out to try to aid the pollination, but from the picture above I think that nature is doing the job for me! In any case I will probably remove any resulting fruit as the branches are still very weak and I don’t want them to break.
It is my vision for the West Terrace to be an area filled with container fruit that would be difficult to grow out in the garden. In the sheltered conditions I plan to have peaches, apricots, blueberries and figs, interspersed with pots of french lavender, roses, agapanthus, lillies and white hydrangeas. The french windows from the drawing room open onto this terrace, so it would be lovely to have a seating area surrounded by the delicious fruit and scented flowers. At the moment most of the terrace is standing empty and these are just dreams.
Still, Rome wasn’t built in a day and where would a gardener be without dreams! For now I am just happy that the peach tree experiment seems successful.