Monday, May 24, 2021

Self Pruning Peach Tree

 

Peach Tree Self Pruned!

This was the sight that greeted me when I went out to the backyard with my daughter, this evening!  The top of the peach tree had snapped under the weight of the fruit!    Oh, no!

Yesterday
Today

Even though it was propped up, the very top of the tree wasn't propped up enough, I guess.  We had pruned the tree, last year, and M had been very diligent to keep the fruit thinned, but, even so, the weight of the ripening fruit was too much for it!   Hopefully, the tree isn't badly damaged and will be able to recover!

Daughter watered the tree and the rest of the fruit trees, today and M will be coming out on Wednesday to take a look and water some more.  I shall ask him to pick the fruit from the broken branches (hopefully, they will continue to ripen after being picked) and have him cut off the broken branches.  Hopefully, the tree will recover from this unplanned pruning and continue to grow!  

Apart from that, today has been another good, pain free day.  I didn't do a lot, however.  Rested in bed for the most part, read, called and confirmed tomorrow's doctor's appointment, chatted on the phone with friend R and aunt C, and watched a few videos online.  I am getting to a point where I feel I've rested enough and want to do something more productive than reading and knitting!

Brunch was fried rice that daughter had made.  Dinner was vegetable soup (I added some of the salad that S had given us to a bowl of the butternut squash soup that was in the fridge and added a bit of hot sauce to it) with toast.  Snacks/desserts included fresh cherries and a slice or two of the banana bread that daughter made, last night.  

Today, I am grateful for:
- Another pain free day of rest
- The peach tree is still standing and only the top has broken off
- Books to read
- Phone calls from family and friends
- All the housework my daughter is doing for me

Today's joyful activity was reading.

The only plan for tomorrow is going to the doctor's appointment in the early afternoon.  Anything else I do will depend on what she has to say.  

Other plans for the week include M coming to tend to the garden on Wednesday and on Friday.  

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for the rest of the week?  

24 comments:

  1. I love butternut soup. This weekend is a "Bank Holiday" (a wonderful British tradition guaranteeing 'long weekends regularly through the year) and both my daughters and families are visiting. So lots of tidying and preparation for that

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    1. I'm so glad for you that your daughters and their families are able to visit you, now! Enjoy being in their company and how lovely that Rosie can now meet her cousin George in person!

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  2. Glad you are still feeling well and I hope your tree will be ok. Best of luck with your appointment today!

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    1. Thank you, Martha. The doctor's appointment went well. :)

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  3. I hope you can salvage the peaches from the top that broke. They look pretty ripe in the photo.
    Happy to hear the pain was not around, hopefully this trend will continue!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. The peaches have turned color, but, they are not yet ripe enough to be soft and sweet. But, I think they might be fine for chutney making.

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  4. Yay for another pain free day. The good news is look at all of those peaches. Oh course, the bad news is look at the tree. I think the tree will be fine after it's trimmed up. The deer are doing pruning here on the fruit trees.

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    1. Thank you, June. Yes, I think I've turned the corner on the pain. Still need to take things slowly and not overdo, but, I think I'll be OK.

      The poor peach tree doesn't know quite what happened to it, but, I think it will make it through OK. At least, that's what I am hoping! I'm sorry the deer are keeping your fruit trees pruned!

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  5. What a pity about the peach tree. It is just too enthusiastic to produce fruit for you. I hope that it will recover from the pruning. It seems like you should soon be able to slowly get involved in more than knitting and reading, depending on what the doctor has to say. I'm praying for a good outcome to the visit.
    My much loved solar lantern wasn't shining last night when I looked out, after years of faithful service. But when I unhooked it, I was able to get it to light again and I took it apart after lunch and gave it a thorough cleaning, removing all kinds of minute spider webs and such. It is charging well in the sun now and I hope will be faithful for more years.

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    1. That little tree is trying too hard to keep me provided with peaches! Next year, we shall thin the fruit even more, I think.

      The doctor's appointment went well and yes, I have the greenlight to do as much as I feel I can without overdoing! Baby steps in the beginning and slowly build up stamina.

      I'm glad you were able to get the solar lantern cleaned up and working, again. Hope it continues to shine for years to come. :)

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  6. I am glad you remain pain free. Sorry about your peach tree. Sometimes if a tree is young enough, you can train a top branch to be a new "leader". But I've no idea if that works for peach trees! Good luck! Celie

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    1. Thank you, Celie. Well, we shall have to wait and see how the peach tree does. Maybe a new branch might take over. If not, we might have a laterally spreading tree! Which would be fine, too; will just have to make sure the branches will be well supported.

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  7. That's not good news about the peach tree and I hope it's going to recover from losing the top branches.

    It's good that you are still pain free and I can understand that you may be getting restless with the lack of activity. Hopefully your doctor will give the okay for you to increase your daily activity again.

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    1. I am hoping the peach tree will survive and pull through this! We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

      The doctor's appointment went well and yes, I have been given the permission to resume activities. Do as much as I can without over-doing things, she said, and stop if it hurts! I'll just have to figure out what baby steps I can do - how much and for how long, with breaks in between, I suppose.

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  8. Hi Bless, Your meals sound delicious. That peach tree looks so healthy. I'm impressed with all of the fruit! My Monday was fabulous! I took the kayak out, and absolutely loved it.

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    1. Thank you, Stephenie. I read your blog post about the day out with the kayak. Sounds like you had a great day!

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  9. I hope the pain-free sleep continues! I'm sorry to hear it's been such a struggle. I am so glad your daughter is there to help you out.

    Do you have plans for all those peaches?

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I am hopeful that the pain free days will continue.

      Yes, I plan to make chutney and jam with the peaches (as well as eat some fresh). Not sure if I will can any, this year. I would also like to make at least a couple of peach pies. :)

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  10. This morning I thought about your visit to the doctor. I hope it went well, Bless.

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    1. Yes, it did, thank you, Nil. Appreciate you thinking of me. :)

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  11. Oh dear! I hope you managed to rescue some of the peaches. Do you think perhaps the tree will grow outwards rather than upwards now? X

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    1. I haven't picked any of the peaches, yet - waiting until M comes by, today, to do so. I am not sure what the tree will do! I am hoping that it will survive and there will be new branches that might grow upwards. We will just have to wait and see, I guess!

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  12. Oh no! Isn't mother nature strange, allowing such a young and weak tree to develop such a massive yield! I do hope you are able to salvage most of the fruit, and that there will be no lasting damage to the tree.

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    1. Thank you, Lady Ella. Apparently, we didn't thin out enough of the fruit! M says that at least 65% of the fruit needs to be thinned. It seemed to me that he did because on every visit, he'd thin out more and more of the fruit! He'd say, no more than 1 fruit per 3-4 inches of branch and I didn't think there were that many fruit, but, I guess they were bigger and heavier this year? Anyway, we picked the fruit on the damaged branches, today, and he taped up the branches to see if they will mend! Keeping our fingers crossed!

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