Well, like most orchards from here all the way down into Georgia, that last late frost we got this past spring almost completely wiped out my peaches and plums. One of the only peach trees that produced for me year was one early peach that I talk about a lot but don’t know what it is because it was here when I moved in. Then I had a Reliance tree which did pretty well but its a small 3 year old tree so it didn’t help much. The same freeze knocked out all my hybrid plums (apriums, etc) and most regular plums. I had just a few Bruce Plums make it but I’m just so-so on them anyway.
My cherries I just can’t explain, but they had a terrible year also. It wouldn’t have been the late frost (I don’t think) because they don’t bloom until much later. But for some reason my sour cherries were much smaller this year and most of my sweet cherries dropped. So in short, this wasn’t a great year for most of my fruits for whatever reason. Oh well…my orchard is still so young that most of my trees are 3 years and under so the fact that they got a growing season devoted to tree building instead of fruit was probably a good thing.
Oh…you asked what tied with my Saijo Persimmons as my favorite fruit. Very tough question but I’d have to say my Spring Satin plumcot is my very favorite fruit I grow. But keep in mind many of the trees you see on my list, especially the plum hybrids, haven’t yet fruited so I may change. It’s also very hard for me not to say a ripe, homegrown peach (could be several varieties) aren’t my favorite. WHen I think about standing in my orchard and picking a perfectly ripe (ie soft) peach and biting into it with juice running down my chin and on my clothes-its hard to say anything is better than that. So if really pressed I might say that. Chicago Hardy figs would also be VERY close to the top. DANG!!! Like people often say, this really is like picking a favorite child!!! Its almost impossible.