In The Espaliery the Japanese plum trees are now laden with blossom and filled with bees.
This is all very pretty but the reality is that there is too much blossom. We will need to do massive thinning as the fruit develops to avoid problems. Small, poor tasting fruit would result if the tree attempted to mature this large a crop. In addition, excess fruit falling on the ground will become a source of fruit fly infestation.
A longer term solution would be changing our pruning protocols to leave fewer fruiting spurs.