Orchard trees rebound! Patience and persistence paid off this summer. It took a while for the orchard trees to decide that they were satisfied with their new home, but by early July most species had fully leafed out and fruit spurs (for next year) appear to be multiplying rapidly. Still struggling with blind wood in some of the bigger species (which means lots of pruning this coming winter).
Also, despite our best hand-thinning efforts, we did not manage to remove all the fruit from our trees, and it looks like we are going to have a first small crop from several species (especially Vilberie, Dabinett, Yarlington Mill, Muscat de Bernay and Brown Snout).
A quick look at the orchard on August 1, 2017. (Video was made for a friend but thought I would share).