Although the flowering phase has almost passed, there are still a couple of late bloomers, as can be seen in the images below. Factors like "on" years and "off" years, and the fact that the trees are really way too young to make any meaningful observations yet, etc. aside, I thought it would still be interesting to document their progress.
In essence, the Barnea were the first to bloom. Very eager trees it seems. However, it doesn't seem to bear lots of fruit. The Frantoio had the most flowers and the SA Verdale seems to be very prolific bearers. The tiny wee bit of a little tree of no more that 30cm high, already has fruit almost the size of peas. For most of the other trees you still almost need a magnifying glass to spot the baby olives! The Manzanilla probably had an "off" year this season, since they had quite a lot of flowers last year (with no fruit), and only a very small number had flowers this year. Given, they were only about a year old at the time. :) The Ascolano and J5 currently appear to be performing quite similar, bearing comparable volumes of flowers and fruit.
|Ascolano - they are all full of blooms and tiny fruit are developing.|
|Ascolano - tiny little olives.|
|El Greco - one of the 'one of each' lot, was full of flowers. |
This tree had even more flowers than the Frantoio.
|Frantoio - most of the flowers are gone by now.|
|Frantoio - close-up. Tiny fruit visible.|
|J5 - a lot of flowers still on the trees.|
|Koroneiki - the last blooms only opening now. The first ones started opening some time ago already.|
These trees seem to have a long blooming period?
|Manzanilla - no flowers for most of the trees.|
|There are a few Manzanillas with flowers and they are also slower to develop than the other trees.|
|SA Verdale - little over eager prolific producers :). The "trees" are about 30cm tall and they |
already have the largest fruit of all the trees. Almost pea size.
|SA Verdale. They seem to be fairly happy? Or is it just the opposite? |
A case of "make fruit while you can for survival?" ... I hope not.