Fruit tree update

Baby plums and apples are now forming on the trees in the orchard. The older Victoriaplum in particular has quite a few;


Victorias do tend to overbear, and if we left all these on they would press together and rot before they got ripe. In the extreme the weight of fruit can break branches off. So I’ve reduced this bunch to just one fruit.

On the Marjories Gage, nature is doing its own thining:


The undeveloped plums will fall off in the ‘June drop’

Meanwhile, one of the apples has some unwelcome visitors:


These curled up leaves are hiding aphids. They could be squashed or washed off with soapy water, but its probably best to leave them to encourage their natural preditors