Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fruit loops

The first full day of summer.... was a beautiful day at Red Gate Farm.  Are you up for a stroll around the place to check on the fruit trees progress?  First a little stop by the scabiosa.  I love purple and green together in the garden!

But back to the fruit trees... although some of the plants and the veggie garden may still be recovering from the long, gray winter, the fruit trees... and bushes... are doing fabulous!

It's going to be a great cherry crop in the next few weeks.  This cherry tree is an old one.  We're not really sure what kind of cherries they are.  Check out my blog header for a picture from a few years ago... do you know what kind they are?

The little tiny peach tree that was covered in peaches last year... well once again it's going to produce!  We actually had to stake up the tree... not just the limbs last year since it is a pretty small tree.  Most of our fruit trees were planted 6 years ago when we moved to Red Gate Farm.... the walnut, cherry and an old apple tree are the exceptions.


Last year the pear trees meant enough pears to can... without purchasing any additional fruit!  This year looks to be an even bigger harvest.


The plums, or italian prunes, didn't do so well the last few years but I think they're in for a change this year.  This fruit is the most amazing color of purple right before they ripen into a deeper burgundy towards the end of August.  My husband eats most of these right off the trees... with a bit of help from my dad.


An apple... gravenstein or granny smith.


The nectarine tree is one of my favorites.  The foliage turns orange in the fall and is quite pretty.  Last year we had quite a few nectarines but they had fallen off before they reached this size.  This year it is COVERED in hundreds of little nectarines... maybe this will be "the" year!

Blueberries... we have a number of different varieties all around the place.

And believe it or not... this picture was taken last night, the longest day of the year, at 8:48 pm!  The sun was still shining!  Of course, now the days are getting shorter again... bummer.


Thanks for taking a spin around the farm...

It's shaping up to be another wonderful weekend,


25 comments:

  1. Love the title of your post! Your scabiosa are beautiful! I don't know why but that is one flower that doesn't do well for me! How lucky to have all of those fruit trees! I found you on Cottage Flora Thursday.

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  2. Stunning shots! You capture the beauty so well!
    Love it.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  3. Not only do I think it is THE YEAR for your fruit trees I am "over the moon" impressed at the beauty of each and ALL of the trees.

    AND, fabulous photography!

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  4. Lovely photos...looks like you;ll have some great fruit crops! Our trees will have light crops this year. Hopped over from Fishtail Cottage...

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  5. Your orchard is amazing! I wish I'd had the foresight to plant the beginnings of an orchard here when we moved in twenty years ago, but I guess it's never too late right? This is just a beautiful post...lovely.
    xoxo
    Joni

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  6. Wow! fruits everywhere. Lovely and amazing shots.

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  7. We have many deer here on our little mountain and they eat any and all fruit from our apple tree. It's a VERY small tree and we fear that it will never truly amount to anything since our wildlife just won't leave it alone... at least we get to enjoy the sight of it blossoming in the springtime!

    DI

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  8. Hi Chris,

    All those fruit tress look like they are just thriving!! What a harvest year it is going to be for you! I love cherry trees, had one as a child.

    All the Best,
    Christine

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  9. Everything looks wonderful !
    I love the last photo of the boot orniment! Have a great day !

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  10. How great to have a nectarine tree. I am so jealous!

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  11. How wonderful that you have so many fruit trees and that they are doing so well. I do believe that your cherries are Rainier but here is link for you to check and see what you think.
    http://rainierfruit.com/products/variety.html?varietyid=26
    Have a nice day.

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  12. Wow look at all that yummy fruit at your fingertips! How do you keep the birds and squriells from eating it? We haven't been able to enjoy a plum or fig because they keep swiping them!
    I am on a purple kick this year so I bought some scabiosa. Do you deadhead yours, if so how? Ours in the planter has thrived but I think where we have it planted in the ground it gets too much hot afternoon sun.

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  13. Wow, so many wonderful fruit trees! You're going to have lots of fruit this year. I'm waiting patiently for my blueberries to ripen.

    Love all your beautiful photos!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  14. I am taking my computer to show your photos to my fruit trees. Show them the goal):-

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  15. How beautiful and rewarding to be able to harvest all of that fruit! Although it may keep you busy but certainly worth it! Enjoy. : )

    ~Andrea~

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  16. LOL, our apple trees are still blooming!!! The first day of summer is still spring for us! I am in love with your cherry tree, actually all your trees, mmmm fresh fruit...nothing better!
    Have a great weekend, loved our walk around the farm!!
    Chris :o)

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  17. Wow, you are going to have a great harvest this year! Everything looks so good. I would to have beautiful fruit trees like this, so delicious!
    Enjoy your days, even though they are now getting shorter...ugh! ;)
    xoxo

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  18. Oh my goodness! Everything looks just wonderful. I am drooling over all the pies, jams and jellies you can make! You live in a beautiful part of the world! xo

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  19. The trees are amazing this year...bountiful crops of everything!!! Do you remember where you got your nectarine tree??? I'd love to get one. My plum tree has never produced, and it says it doesn't need a polinator. Guess I should cut my losses!!!
    Cherry tree looks like a Rainier to me!!

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  20. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! Fruit trees for you are looking successful. my neighbor next door has a ton of fruit trees & he always says what hangs on our side of the fence is ours for the taking.... xoxo, tracie

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  21. This is my first visit to your site...you have lots of wonderful fruit trees...we have an apple, peach, and tangerine. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Aren't those yummy looking cherries Raniers? What a fruity place you have there...very sweet!

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  23. That was a gorgeous post! You place is the very picture of summer.

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