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Just as I left one apricot to ripen while the tree gets its strength up, I let a solitary plum from the tree I planted this spring develop. It was really hard to pick off all the tiny plums back in May, but if that means I’ll get a bigger harvest next year, I’m all for it. This plum had turned a deep, beautiful purple about four weeks ago. It remained very firm, only starting to yield to gentle pressure a few days ago. We actually found it on the ground today, and it may have been a touch overripe.

Still, the flavor was great – not as transcendent as that apricot last month, but still – unbelievably sweet flesh, with a tart skin and more floral than anything I’ve ever eaten from the store or even farmers market. The plum was quite a bit smaller than I expected, but still, it was the perfect dessert after the great Indian meal Janna cooked up today.

 

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There was no question that our treelawn needed some serious help. Filled with patchy, dying grass and weeds, and two short walkways to the street, which had both sunk – one so low that the grass had overtaken it. Last Saturday, I spent most of the day pulling up the grass and repairing the sidewalks and getting the bed ready for planting. 

Janna created a semi-formal plan for the bed – we planted small boxwoods in a diamond patter to allow us to fill in the spaces with herb or flowers, depending on the season. I picked up a few variegated sorrel plants that will look great in one of the spaces.  

 

After a lot of convincing, Janna agreed to let me plant a fruit tree in the bed – she is still worried that stuff will drop onto cars parked in the street, but I promised I’d pick everything before it did that. She’s still not convinced… The tree I chose is a Santa Rosa dwarf plum. At its biggest, it will only be about eight feet tall, it’s self-pollinating, and the fruit is supposed to be really good. Of course, before I planted it, I dug peat moss and composted manure into the bed. Needless to say, I’m really excited about this tree.