The plum tree is blooming. We had quite the frost last night, so no idea whether it will still be in flower this afternoon, but it is pretty for the time it lasts. The tree is fairly wild, shadowed by Cedar and Maple trees, so doesn't get enough light or nutrients to produce more than a few small plums, which are sour. Still, it's a glorious sign of the beauty of spring. I'm just happy that the pear trees haven't blossomed out yet. The pears are edible and abundant. I've been debating trying to make perry with them this year as we've had several large harvests of small pears. However, the past couple of springs, I've done some pretty major pruning to the younger tree and maybe this year will be the year that we get not quite so many, but larger and easier to harvest fruits. The old tree is very old and hollow. I fear that pruning would stress it more than necessarily. It will have to come down soon, but until then, the pears are a delcious, old and sweet Bartlett type and too yummy to lose if not necessary.
|Scottish Traditional Dye samples by Margaret Stalker|