Nice fat, round flower buds, just starting to colour on two of the seedling peaches. They had Father David's peach as a grandmother, open pollinated by whatever else is in my yard, or handpollinated Red Haven. Can hardly wait, grin.
The first peaches, off the Father David's, were inedible, but iron clad hardy. Generation two, with a tame peach father, were sort of edible, in a heavy syrup. This time, with Reliance or Harrow Fair, either possible at the time, as poppa, might be good to eat The one with Red Haven got nibbled by mice, so is apt to be another year yet. I've still got a tame peach seed in the porch, don't have any idea when it will pop. It's a grocery store seed. Peaches are fun, only 3 or 4 years till first flower.
You could, grin, plant a yummy one close by and save seeds off the red leaved one. The red might pass to the seedlings and the better fruit could be bred up.
A lot of the tame peaches for northern areas have Father David's peach as a distant forebearer.
Very hardy, but inedible. Seedlings, even 2 or 3 generations removed, bloom early, but tough as nails. The derived varieties are all yummy....think Harrow Fair and others. If I can find it, I'll post a link with varieties with Father David's peach in their background.
We are becoming dry here now, drier than the past. Soon as I say that though, we are having a wet spring this year. Over the last 30 or 40 years, I've had to plant more trees with a tap root, and less annual crops, unless the soil is heavily ammended to hold water. Mind you, we eat a lot of nuts and nut butters, so nut trees have been most useful Peaches don't seem to mind a dry year either.
Peaches dont like wet feet, my water table can in wet winter get as high as 30cm down, they dont like that. My neighbour who higher above that water table grows fantastic peaches, thats on land that i would consider bone dry in summer, yet as you say jocelyn they do well.