Posts Tagged ‘Fruit Trees’

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush or My Foraging Adventure

Once upon a time, there was a grand old mulberry tree. Then a parking lot rolled over its roots and it nearly died. But that mulberry would not give up. It sent up suckers and continues to bear fruit to this day for all those lucky enough to know it’s edible.

To identify a mulberry tree, look for three distinct leave shapes.

During their fruiting season, they will have berries in all stages of ripeness along their branches.

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When the berries are ripe, they will turn a dark (you won’t believe this) mulberry color and will nearly fly off the branches when touched.

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Enjoy!

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May Showers and Spring Flowers Bring Summer Fruit

A pause in the rain allowed me to pause and photograph the orchard flowers en route  to collect eggs from our poor wet chickens.  Our small orchard was planted long before we moved to our home and we’ve expanded upon the original.  It’s nice to know that although the original owners are gone, their garden continues to thrive.  Between competition from wild birds and my refusal to spray, we’ll see what what fruits the summer season will actually yield. In the meantime, however, it is beautiful and I continue to hope for warm berries in the summer sun and autumnal fruit pies.

We have apples from 30+ year old trees…

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Pears from the same 30+ year old orchard…

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Blueberries transplanted from my Great-Grandmother’s garden…

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Raspberries newly planted from autumn garden center clearance racks waiting for some sunshine to burst into bloom…

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Sometimes it’s not just about the soil, produce, sun and rain, but the stories behind the garden. Do you have any garden stories, histories or memories to share?

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