The pain of edible gardening is watching your plants' fruit befall heat, drought, locusts, squirrels and a myriad of other Farmer Bob problems before the darn things are ripe enough to be picked and eaten. Case in point, our Blenheim Apricot.
BEFORE: Here is a photo of a blossom from our apricot tree. The fruit will form around this delicate flower.
DURING SPRING: The fruit has formed and is small, green and hard but already at this size the fruit has its distinctive apricot cleavage line.
DURING SUMMER: The fruit plumps up and softens in June.
AFTER PICKING: And after spending a week in a brown paper bag, the fruit is ripe and orange-colored with a soft rose blush.
AFTER EATING: Homegrown Apricots = delicious joy!
Please try growing these at home. The pain is--just barely--worth it!