Pink Promises

Eva's Pride Peach in bloom.

Eva’s Pride Peach in bloom.

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.

Up close and personal.

DSCN1252Every 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?

Whole Wheat Peach Banana Agave Muffins

I have a soft spot for banana muffins, especially when the weather is warm and my bananas ripen extra fast.  A few years ago I posted this recipe for whole wheat strawberry banana agave bread.  I essentially used the same recipe today to make muffins, and instead of strawberry banana, they were peach banana.  This fruit pairing turned out to be very complimentary and super useful for my first harvest of peaches from my Red Baron peach tree.

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Preheat oven to 325.

  • 1/2 C Agave nectar
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C mashed extra ripe bananas (about 3 large)
  • 1 large or 3 small peaches, diced
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts (I use walnuts)

In a large bowl whisk agave and oil.  Stir in bananas, peaches and vanilla.  Stir in flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Fold in chopped nuts.  Pour into a greased muffin pan.  Bake 22-25 minutes.  Makes a dozen muffins.

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March Tour

Every so often I enjoy a little garden tour for the blog, sharing the essence of the moment in my little corner of the earth.

I’ll start with my personally most anticipated moment of early spring-my Red Baron peach tree in bloom.  It seems like when everyone else’s trees are already blooming, my peach is taking her sweet time.  The garden always has a way of reminding me of patience.  The first flower is about to open.

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I have sown some seeds in toilet paper rolls as I did last year but out of sometimes laziness and sometimes forgetfulness, every few nights they get left out over night.  It’s still in the high forties at night, so we will see how well they germinate.  Here’s the first seedling I spotted, which happens to be the heirloom tomato named Cherokee Purple.

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The new Minnie Royal cherry tree planted in January is off to a nice start!

The new Minnie Royal cherry tree planted in January is off to a nice start!

My tried and true sugar snap peas lend a delicate touch to these winter months.

My tried and true sugar snap peas lend a delicate touch to these winter months.

The arugula is almost 6' high!  I have thoroughly enjoyed their display.

The arugula is almost 6′ high! I have thoroughly enjoyed their display.

The arugula flowers up close.  I made a sweet bouquet using these for the dining table.

The arugula flowers up close. I made a sweet bouquet using these for the dining table.

My broccoli is a bit small, but the intensity of flavor will make up for any lack in size.

My broccoli is a bit small, but the intensity of flavor will make up for any lack in size.

Today's last photo is of a succulent in a hanging basket.  Although you can't eat it, I couldn't resist including it since the evening light hit it just so.

Today’s last photo is of a succulent in a hanging basket. Although you can’t eat it, I couldn’t resist including it since the evening light hit it just so.

Edible Garden-Fruit Edition

My new veggie garden is near and dear to my heart, but I can’t overlook my beloved fruit trees and bushes.  Here are the fruits that round out my edible garden.

The blueberries from this plant never make it into the house. This is really my daughter's plant, as she inspects it daily for her "blue blues". I recently read that blueberries are acid lovers and used coffee grounds can do the trick. There's no shortage of that in my house, so I gave it a whirl. I think since then it has doubled in size. Try it on your blueberry bush! (note the pretty volunteer nasturtium...also edible!)

3 year old dwarf clementine amongst the veggies.

The 3 year old Diana fig is preparing for it's second harvest this season!

5 year old peach tree. This peach has been a great producer since day 1. Sometimes I think you just get lucky and what you plant happens to really like it there. The only issue is that every other year the leaves develop with bumps and strange curls, but it has never effected fruit production or quality. Stone fruit typically needs a certain amount of cold nights during the winter, and I think that I live just far enough east from the coast to meet it's needs. Only second to it's juicy fruit are the hot pink spring flowers that become the fruit. I can see it directly out of my kitchen window and I catch myself admiring it all through spring.

Butterfly visiting the gorgeous spring peach tree blossoms.