This year we have been blessed with plenty of rain. No late frosts and the abundance of moisture have meant the gardens and fruit trees have produced bumper crops in most cases.
The high rainfall produces another effect, one that isn't so desirable. The soil gets so wet that the laden trees can uproot.
Although we have props under most of our fruit trees, we missed this little wild apple tree.
The peach tree fell so quickly we didn't even realize it needed to be staked until it was too late. Unfortunately, when Larry attempted to pull it back upright, we found that the tree was rotten at the ground level and broke off.
I will miss the peach tree. It have been shading the Lady of the Garden for the past 15 years. It grew from a seedling that came from another tree that sprouted from a seedling that grew from...you get the picture.
And contrary to popular wisdom, all of these trees produced large, freestone peaches. I was always told that fruit trees that grow voluntarily from seed will not produce good fruit. Tell that to my yellow apple and the many other wild apple trees and peach trees on this land!