“I promise I won’t buy any more fruit trees.” I said 2 weeks ago after my husband planted this for me. After which I heard, “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” And he was right. I couldn’t argue his point.
After taking out a lack luster vine from this spot, I knew what addition I wanted to try in it’s place. I’d read a post from Hanbury House about her new Spice Zee NectaPlum that she’d gone so far as to sacrifice a Red Baron Peach to make room for after a neighbor gave her some amazingly sweet fruit from her tree. She described it as “the best tasting stone fruit I ever tried”. It’s a white-fleshed, nectarine-peach-plum hybrid.
In a sea of green leaves while I overlooked the fruit tree section of my local Green Thumb nursery, I could see the Spice Zee NectaPlum all the way in the back. The dark purple leaves are extremely unique and turn green after they mature.
In a way it’s an ornamental and a fruit tree all packaged in one.
This season I’m also growing a unique tomato with a strawberry type shape, aptly named German Orange Strawberry.
It’s shape also resembles the ripening Red Baron peaches that it sits next to:
I took my normal walk around the backyard taking photos, as is my M.O., and realized only after looking at them on my computer this morning that each photo represented a first in my garden. This is the first time I’ve seen my Eva’s Pride peach tree produce fruit:
And the first time I’ve seen the Double Delight nectarine I bought in January leaf out and bloom:
And seen the flower up-close:
And the first time I’ve seen the Thompson Red Seedless grape do this:
Last year it had just started to produce fruit clusters but before they had a chance to fully form something happened and they either fell off or were eaten by something.
And the first time I’ve seen my favorite specimen (Red Baron peach) blooming against the backdrop of my favorite backyard retreat after being completed last summer:
She’s a small thing but she’s got star power. Especially since she’s a full month ahead of any other fruit tree in my backyard. She’s getting all of my gazes as I do the dishes, glances as I putter in the garden and stares as I sit under the pergola.
Up close and personal.
Every year it never fails to impress me when the fruit trees bloom. I imagine the energy and fortitude that must go into producing such a sudden burst of beauty. To me, fruit trees are the best trees. Flowers and fruit. What could be better?
As a young girl one of my all-time favorite books was The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnet. It’s about the journey of a girl uncovering a garden in the home where she lives and the healing powers it provides, both physically and emotionally.
As a mom of a 3 year old, at times I find myself rehashing my days more traveled. One of the most memorable, awe-inspiring cities I’ve visited is Prague. It feels like I left my heart there and I hope one day to return. My husband and I were there in September 2004. We love traveling on foot in even the biggest cities and Prague was no exception. It has a way of feeling both expansive and intimate. On one such walking day, we visited Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and nearby neighborhoods. It was early afternoon and I was reading a tiny passage out of our handy travel book. It briefly mentioned a hidden away garden, Vojanovy Sady, right in the middle of the city, with only a tall unmarked door within a tall wall as it’s entrance. This blurb had excited my love of all things mysterious. The space was originally founded as a monastic garden. We tried for about 30 minutes to figure out it’s location, which made me all the more interested! It ended up being a large wooden, unlocked door right on a cobble stone street. I felt a bit like the girl in The Secret Garden. It was magnificent! It’s quite a large garden for the middle of the city and once you close the door behind you, the city is lost to the senses. The grass and trees were fresh, bright green and vibrant. There were hardly any people there…just a few feeding the birds on some stone benches. I realized as we walked on the grass under the canopy of trees that we were in an apple and pear orchard! I picked and ate fruit as we walked along in the crisp afternoon.
Eating a pear in Vojanovy Sady.
Prague is fascinating for so many reasons, but one of my favorite attributes is it’s plethora of parks and gardens. There was something about finding a discrete, amazing garden and eating fruit from the trees that I’ll never forget. The earth has so much to offer, which brings me back to the present moment. My new edible garden provides me with that same connection to the earth that I felt that day in Prague.