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Invicta, Houghton, and Hinnonmaki Yellow gooseberries.
European plum 'Pearl' grafted 3 years ago on a well established domestica seedling. It is blooming much heavier than Count Althann, which was grafted on the same day.
It always amazes me how much some trees can grow before their petals have a chance to fall. Many of them have 2 to 6 inches worth of growth right now, but the Ya Li pear already has 12 inches. This includes the one that was grafted to an OHxF87 rootstock only a few years ago (that one is not flowering yet).
I'm not sure what the consensus is on grafting Asian pears to OHxF87, but I think it leans towards the belief that it causes them to grow too slowly (people seem to prefer OHxF97 or a standard rootstock). I have kind of noticed this myself, but the Ya Li pear is doing just fine.
Zestar apple
Aphids have been tough this year. I wasn't sure when the ladybugs were supposed to emerge, but today, I noticed their larvae everywhere on this goumi bush. There has to be dozens, if not more.
Columbia Red Anjou produces red fruit, buds, and young leaves, which are qualities other red pears, such as Kalle, may not share. Unfortunately, it is highly susceptible to scab, so I ended up grafting Ayers over it (Garber x Anjou). I am assuming it will perform better since Ayers has hybrid parentage and was selected in the humid subtropical climate (Cfa). It is also highly resistant to fireblight, but the pollen is sterile.
OrangeRed apricot grafted to a large apricot tree in 2019.
European plums covered in kaolin clay to prevent plum curculio from ruining the crop. This is a lighter coat than what I usually have, since plum curc were hardly present this year.
I have been experimenting with kaolin clay on a property with high plum curculio pressure throughout the majority of it for a few years now, and it seems like it does not matter how much I spray in the more densely grown areas, they still manage to completely deform the apples. At the edge of the overgrowth, the clay protects the apples and plums to an acceptable degree, but the damage is still noticeable, and about 30 feet away, there is another European plum tree surrounded by at least 10 feet of lawn on every side. The clay protects it very well.

One thing I noticed, that no one seems to talk about, is that the peaches in the high pressure zone perform quite well without any spray whatsoever. I assume plum curc manage to thrive off of the fallen fruit, but they never come close to ruining the crop (like they do with plums) and they don’t deform the fruit either (like they do with apples). I wonder, has anyone else noticed this?
Mara des Bois is one of the best and most unique tasting garden strawberries I have tried so far, and I have seen many others make a similar claim. It is, however, day neutral and the only one I would recommend, since Junebearing varieties appear to be, on average, more productive and flavorful. They are also more likely to avoid issues with late season pests.