The peach trees are in full bloom now. You can hear the bees working them long before you even get to the trees. I often wonder where all the bees come from. There are simply hundreds of them.We use hardly any sprays on the Holler. Only as a last resort and there is pretty well always something blooming so we always seem to have more than our share of bees. I often wonder if maybe there aren't hives somewhere around.
I have July Elberta Peach Trees from Stark Nurseries. I also have several trees of wild peaches. I got these seeds years ago from a Seed Savers Exchange member. He called them Indian Peaches. They are simply wonderful. They are a small white fleshed peach that I am told grows wild in the Smoky Mountains. I started these from seeds sent through the mail. Even the neighbors come asking for these peaches. They taste a little different than a tame peach but simply wonderful and sweet. I make both pies and jams with them. We have never had to spray these trees even once for anything. They hardly ever get winter kill ( zone 5A) occasionally they have had wind damage but we are right on the edge of tornado alley so that is expected. On the downside they are smaller than a domestic peach and they are not freestone. You can't have everything though : )
If we are lucky! And we don't get a late cold snap before the fruit sets, and plenty of rain and not too much wind to blow the young fruit off. We'll have plenty of peaches for August !!