Peach, Nectarine & Apricot

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Peach, Nectarine & Apricot

Pick a softening apricot, peach or nectarine off the tree after the sun has warmed it throughout the day, bite into their silky soft flesh..........and then wonder why you just changed into a clean shirt?! You then know why growing stone fruits was the right decision to make.

In botanical terms, there is almost no difference between Peach or Nectarine, and only a short step to Apricot. In terms of growing them in the garden, they are very much the same. Easy to grow and full to the brim with tastiness. It's a win win!

If you have lots of sun (and a little time), then potted “stone fruit” is most rewarding.  It's not just the melting flesh of a ripe Nectarine or Peach, or the heaven sent perfume of a ripe Apricot that boarder on the sublime, the shocking pink blossoms in early spring are a real delight and a stunning display. When they appear, then you know that Spring is just around the corner and the first BBQ of the year is just a sausage away!

For regular large crops (and as the flowers often come out when the days are still quite short), spending a couple of lunch times when the sun is at its warmest, going from flower to flower with a very soft brush (making like a bee), is time very well spent!

Eating apricot, peach and nectarine from your own garden is a special experience. Well worth the effort of growing them, and certainly worth the effort of changing that shirt yet again!

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5 Reasons to Grow Stone Fruits

🍰 Apricot jam in the middle of a Victoria sponge

🌸 The beauty of shocking pink blossoms on an early Spring Day.

🍸 Drinking a Bellini made with crushed Nectarines and Peaches you have grown and not wasting it on anyone else.

🍨 Eating a real Peach Melba for the first time. 

🐝 Making like a bee and buzzing around a flower at lunch time and forgetting everything else for a few moments.