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This year we have had a lot of rain, and not a lot of sunshine. But, even though a little later than last year, the fruit trees are blooming!
This is our weeping plum tree. Isn’t she pretty? I love this tree. The fruit is delicious and it fills out nicely and grows really tall in the back. She adds a little privacy in the back yard.
Last year I made a delicious Plum Cobbler, but never blogged it. Should have! Oh well, maybe this year.
This is the dwarf cherry tree. It is only a few years old but hopefully there will be a little fruit this year. We have a larger cherry tree on the other side of the yard and it is where we get our homegrown cherries. Although for my husband, it isn’t enough. The birds really enjoy them, too. My husband will hit any fruit stand that sells cherries. With the cherries I like to make Cherry Pie.
Do you notice the bunny laying down in the background? That is one of my many animal statues I have around the yard. The dogs insist on knocking it over. Poor thing is missing an ear.
Here is our dwarf peach tree. She is small but she still produces a lot of fruit. We also have a larger peach tree on the other side of the yard. It produces so much fruit that I usually have to prop up the limbs with boards so they don’t break. Then I spend weeks picking fruit and finding homes for them all. Last year, while totally discouraged with the upkeep of these trees, I completely pruned the big peach tree back. Hopefully I didn’t go too far. With our peaches I like to make Peaches and Cream Poke Cake and Peach Muffins.
This is the apricot tree. Do you see that? The dogs knocked over that rabbit too! And it is a big heavy one! Hey guys, what’s the problem with the rabbits? Can you leave them alone please. 🙂
This is our 2nd apricot tree. Our first one started having problems and needed to be removed. This one is suppose to be a dwarf tree but it would grow big if I let it. With the fresh apricots we love to make Apricot Syrup and Apricot Pie. I haven’t blogged the pie yet. That’s another thing I need to get to this year. The squirrels love apricots! I find chewed up pieces of fruit and pits all over the yard.
Poor rabbits. Piggy standing his ground so far.
This fruit tree is well past blooming. This is our lemon disaster. I mean tree, or bush. hmmm… Ugh. Poor guy, he has a crooked stump and is usually a mess. I tried to give him a good home, but we don’t get along very well. He likes to cut and scratch me! If lemons weren’t so darn expensive I would give him the boot! However, he does provide me with more than enough lemons and we do enjoy them. A couple of our favorite recipes are Lemon Lime Muffins and Sour Cream Lemon Pie. Such good pie!
Hopefully the rains will stop soon. Before I know what hits me there will be fruit everywhere. Watch for updates and new recipes!