Are you tired of hearing about the fruit trees? Yesterday I was out looking at the trees and came in and even though I somewhat understand how it happens, I find it so amazing that fruit trees, growing anywhere really, but especially here in such harsh growing conditions, can do what they do. I’m in awe that a tree, let’s take a peach for example, blooms these fragile little pink blossoms, then a baby peach forms, and that grows into a big, juicy, sweet, delicious peach and literally hundreds of them per tree. I said to Vince, more just thinking how amazing it all is and not really asking the question per se. . where does the sugar come from? His response: When a baby is formed in the womb, where does the heart and lungs and kidneys and brain come from?
OK. that totally answered my question . . NOT!
Beets are another thing that always make me look at them and say “How do you do that?” I plant the beet seeds, and from that, comes this brilliant, blood red beet that when I slice it, juice pours out. If I leave a sliced fresh beet sitting in a bowl, there’s so much juice that will come from that one beet. A beet seems had and not terribly juicy but slice a fresh one, sit it aside and watch what happens. Purely amazing.
Nature, whether thinking about how babies are formed to how peaches and beets are formed, is quite interesting. At any given time, there’s so much going on around us and we don’t even notice – fruit is forming on trees, bugs are growing in the ground or in the shrubs/bushes, pollen is forming, tree nuts are growing, pot plants are forming new leaves – there’s just constant growth and also fading away (leaves changing color and dying, bugs living out their cycle of life) going on all around us. Heck, every day, we as humans get a day older and move on toward old age and “the end”.
When I’m outside these days, no matter where I am around here, several times a day I will think to myself . . I know there are snakes watching me right now, even though I don’t see them. I guess talking to snakes is as bad as talking to myself but I’ll often say “I know you’re out there. Just because I don’t see you doesn’t mean I don’t know you’re there!”
To make a long story short (which is hopeless, right?), I was out looking at the fruit trees yesterday and look what I found in the plum trees?
They’re getting ripe. I love these little plums. The insides are so sweet and juicy – almost too sweet and that’s saying a lot coming from me- the total sugar addict. The skin is mouth puckering sour. I love the combination of sweet and sour. I love that I can pop the whole thing in my mouth and not have plum juice dripping down my arm. Just eat it, spit the seed out and grab another one.
The pomegranates are looking more and more like pomegranates! There are still blooms. Depending on how many of these we make, there will probably be pomegranates still forming when we have our first freeze. Ahhh . . the thought of our first freeze.
Talking about a freeze reminds me that we need to have our propane tanks filled before winter is upon us. Hopefully the price will get low this summer, although looking at gasoline prices, I don’t have a lot of hope for low propane prices. We’ll need about 1,200 gallons and if it’s $3.50 a gallon, that is not going to fit so well with Mr. Vince’s budget! Hey . . he wants to eat, stay warm and take hot showers this winter, right? So . . no complaining.