No harvest yet, but I decided to open this topic in case I will be in the mood later on to post some photos and reports.
Some notes on bloom this year. It’s common here in California for some varieties to bloom very early while some others bloom weeks or even months later. This year was even more extreme in this aspect than usual. “Early” varieties bloomed pretty much at their normal times (starting around mid-February), while “late” varieties bloomed 10-14 days later than usual. I’ve already finished thinning early blooming apricots (Nicole, Tomcot, Blenheim, Moniqui, etc.) while some apricot varieties just now are starting to open their flowers. Similar story with plums. Asian plums and pluots bloomed with early apricots (and are all done blooming by now), while Euro plums started flowering one-two weeks later than usual.
Based on the amount of thinning I had to do so far, this will be a good crop year for apricots, at least for those that bloomed early. Still have to see what will be the crop situation with late bloomers but based on good weather and pollinating insects activity, no reason to think they should be too bad. I have not yet thinned Asian plums and pluots since they tend to self-thin to a degree, but from what I see most mature trees and grafts also set very well. Most Euro plums are blooming profusely in a very nice weather so hopefully they will have a good crop too.
Fruit set on Nicole apricot before thinning, March 16:
A Euro plum tree (about 90% is Imperial Epineuse plus a bunch of other varieties), March 24: