Without the netting I got the chance to see how the tree has grown. Standing back I'm pretty happy with how it is filling in most of the space. There are a couple branches that are crossing that I need to prune, but after tying in the branches it is looking good.
Over the last week the blossom has come out and the flowers are well distributed. Whether they all turn into fruit is another matter and then I will have to decide if I am going to put the net back or rely on my cats to keep the birds away.