Even though I have really, really wanted to grow our own apricots (I have wonderful memories of the luscious, abundant amount of apricots from a backyard tree of my childhood -- in Illinois), we've finally given up.
We've sought out varieties of apricot trees that will (supposedly) grow and flourish in our area, but this is the third one that has died on us.
The root system of this one Papa Pea dug out yesterday was extensive, some of the roots traveling several feet in all directions, but apparently our winters simply don't make growing apricots possible.
As they say, there are no failures in gardening (ha!), only experiments. End of this experiment.
The apples growing on our trees this year are plentiful. Matter of fact, Papa Pea did quite a bit of thinning yesterday. However, the apples are still small. And green. Very small and green. But there's time yet for them to size up, turn color and maybe even mature before Jack Frost comes along to end the season.
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