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,