I was excited when we planted some fruit trees a few years ago. The peach tree didn’t survive the first winter, so we replanted a new one in Jan 2011 and added a second one as well.
Then there was the incident when the large group of deer got into the back yard and had a field day eating and munching on most of the fruit trees amongst other things in the back yard. That made for some very happy deer and a very unhappy me!
Last spring we had apples develop and it was exciting to watch them grow… until the squirrels found and methodically devoured them one by one. That made for happy squirrels and a very unhappy me!
One of the peach trees was terrible mauled during that deer brunch and I wasn’t sure it would even come back, but it did. It isn’t the prettiest of trees, but it is growing and will make a come back – as long as the deer don’t get at it again!
The second peach tree set fruit this spring and we have been watching six small, but beautiful peaches develop and start to change color. Yesterday I took a peak at them as I walked by and stopped dead in my tracks. The most prominent and beautiful peach was missing. W H A T ?! Missing! What the heck! I looked high and low. Up and Down. No sign of it at all, not even a dribble. That peach is Gone!
So, we have a thief in the midst and his name is Squirrel. The peach wasn’t quite as big as a tennis ball. All I can picture, as I try not to openly laugh, is Squirrel clutching the peach in his mouth and scampering up and over the fence to safer ground with his prize. OR maybe he didn’t even bother to run, maybe he just sat and ate it sitting right in my peach tree. The nerve!
You can bet I will be keeping my eye on the three pears that are developing.