The fruits of success

Thriving: Gloria and the massive apricot tree, grown from a stone
Thriving: Gloria and the massive apricot tree, grown from a stone
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Everything in my mum’s garden is peachy.

Well, almost. It’s 20 years since she stuck the stone of a Barnsley market apricot in a pot on the windowsill. It grew big enough to transplant into her Worsbrough garden. And now it’s a tree some 40 feet high and 30 feet wide.

This year, she’s had a bumper crop of sweet, juicy apricots. “So far, we’ve had over 200 pounds of fruit in windfalls. I’ve made 22lbs of jam, my freezer is overflowing and friends have been going away with up to 20lbs a time,” says mum, Gloria Roebuck.

A gardening fanatic, she reckons the hard winter did the tree good and thanks the lack of a February frost.

Have you had amazing results from planting a pip or a stone? Email a jpeg picture to starfeatures@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk