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"The process of photosynthesis is like a fine, critical thread that invisibly suspends all our food and the dining experience before us". Lloyd Godman 2005

 

St Andrews Garden, Victoria Australia

 

there are two apricots in the St Andrews Orchard - Planted in the winter of 2005

 

Apricot Moorepark - Planted in the winter of 2005

Establishing the tree is one thing, protecting it against wildlife is quite another - the tree is surrounded by wire netting supported by star pickets to stop attack from wallabies who eat the leaves. The netting runs to the ground to stop rabbits who might ring bark the tree.

When in fruit it is also covered with netting to prevent opossums and parrots who eat the fruit. The Star pickets also prevent large Kangaroos who frequent the orchard from bashing into the tree and breaking it down

 

 

 

Photograph - Nov- 2007

2005

This tree was completely eaten down by wallabies in Feb 2005 and took sometime to recover. I never had to worry about any of this lot in the New Zealand garden

2006  
2007  
2008 First flowers early Sept - 2008 -Despite the horrid summer of 2008 - 9 when there was high temperatures of several days at 45° and the Black Saturday bushfire at 47°, with only 4mm for all of January and February, this tree has established very well. This is the first year the tree has had a good load of compost applied around the outer perimeter drip line
2009 January - 9 Apricots -. The tree has been treated with al watering of Trichoderma in the spring of 2009. The tree did not flower in the spring(sept) of 2009 - This is the second year the tree has had a good load of compost applied around the outer perimeter drip line
2010

The tree produced limited flowers in the spring of 2010 and has set a few fruit - there has been great rain this year and thespring september growth is tremendous -

This is the third year the tree has had a good load of compost applied around the outer perimeter drip line. The tree has been treated with al watering of Trichoderma in the spring of 2010.

However some creature, probably parrots or a wallaby is partial to the new growth and the tree had many leaves eaten in the spring of 2009 and 2010. I have a net over the tree to stop this attack.

2011

Aug 3 grafts made - 2 broken off by possums - one graft survives Blenril

 

 

 

The Moorepark Apricot tree in flower - Photograph Spet 2008 -

 

Detail of the Moorepark Apricot flowers, Godman

Detail of the Moorepark Apricot flowers sept 2008

 

Detail of the Moorepark Apricot flowers

Sept 2010