Avalon Pride Peach
Avalon Pride was one of my first fruit crushes. Love at first (Hampton Court) sight. Convincing myself that a peach tree was completely impractical for an allotment with a strong westerly wind I put it out of my mind until a year later when wandering around Ayletts there it was again. I had no idea where I would put it in the scheme of things so it has been in a large terracotta pot at the back of the plot ever since.
It is grown on Mont Clare rootstock to be less susceptible to frost damage and leaf curl disease, although you can see from these pictures we did have a little bit, it is also self fertile.
My hope this year was for just one perfect peach and although the weather conditions have meant we have had to harvest early and they are perhaps not as sweet as I would like them (Derek with his no so sweet tooth thinks they are perfect) I am happy.
It was impossible to remove the stones cleanly.