“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:
Southern California finally had some much anticipated rain and the heavy showers uncovered some welcomed residents: my first ever cherries.
There’s probably about 20 cherries that were successfully pollinated with hopefully more to come.
I’m unsure if this is typical, but Royal Lee has out-bloomed Minnie Royal by a long shot, but as long as one produces, I suppose that’s the key. Going outside this morning to see these cherries filled me with a calm, inspired satisfaction. I asked for just one cherry and I got many more.
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?
I like to think of my small collection of fruit trees as my “mini orchard”. I bought a struggling peach tree for dirt cheap (pun intended) from where I work. It had been in a pot for a few years and needed to get in the ground and stretch it’s legs. She is an Eva’s Pride, which harvests a full month before my Red Baron peach. AND it requires even less chilling hours…only 100-200, great for areas like mine in coastal southern CA.
Here’s the Red Baron beginning to change from greenish/yellow to pink.
A fun lemon cucumber ready for picking.
Indigo Rose is beginning to fruit and I swear I can already see that purple color.
The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato that I seem to grow every year is shaping up some nice fruit.
This evening’s harvest! Check out the Silkies trying to get a hand-out. HA!