Hot days and warm nights are ripening all the fruit. We will have plums coming out of our ears soon. First tomatoes are ready and now there are several ripening at once. Deer jumped the fence into the greenhouse and ate the crop of strawberries that were ready. I had to reposition the wheelbarrow I had moved to keep it out. If it isn't one thing it's another,
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
It is raining, an unusual and welcome sight. It will help cool and wet all the lightning strikes from last night, none of them close. To think, just days ago it was so hot and will be again this weekend. Meanwhile the corn has been growing like crazy. To think that the pollen from the tops has to hit each silk, mostly by wind,
Monday, July 21, 2014
The Madrone trees are doing their leaf exchange and bark shedding. Unlike other trees that lose their leaves in fall for the entire winter, the Madrones lose their leaves now and gain new ones through the end of summer. They also shed a layer of their bark. Then they will be green all winter with beautiful red berries from fall through winter. They are especially lovely when the snow adds a layer to the green and red. They are relatives of the Manzanita which evolved into a low bush where these are large trees.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Garden Boy is here and we have been testing these plums everyday in hopes that they are ripe. Although we found one slightly yellow Shiro plum that was tasty, basically we have been thinning and tossing half a fruit with a sour grimace on our faces. They are NOT quite ready, but soon!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Black Cap raspberries are getting ripe at this elevation.
We will pick them here until the just dry up, then chase them up the mountain where they come on later and the temperatures are cooler. We have some special spots we like to go, but often it is a busy time and we don't make it. Save ourselves for huckleberries. Don't know how their crop will be this year yet.
|Lost in the bushes~|
|Black Cap Raspberry syrup on its way~|