Having only one tree on our double lot, I tend to obsess over our little plum tree. When it got brown rot a few years ago and my husband began cutting, pruning, and clipping — I nearly had a heart attack. So when we finally got the brown rot under control last year and had a bumper crop (over 200 pounds of fruit) I was elated. Still, as the spring progresses towards summer, I am nervous as to whether or not this year will prove to be as “fruitful.”
I have taken photos of the progress of our tree and posted them throughout the past month and looking back it is a sight to behold. After the rain last week, however, nearly all the blossoms have gone, leaving behind tiny stems that will hopefully turn into tiny plums very shortly. Until then, the leaves continue to grow and my hubby keeps spraying to keep the brown rot at bay.
The lilacs on the side of the house are just about ready to bloom. They are not very fragrant for now, but I know as soon as those tiny flowers open up, I’ll be clipping those stems and filling the house with lavender blossoms.
Today I cleaned out our main garden on the side of the house. Tomorrow I am building an A-frame trellis and planting some pickling cucumbers. Wish me luck! The soil has so many worms in it, I can’t dig a hole without two clinging to my shovel. I’ve heard that this is the sign of healthy soil. I hope so. I’m not the best gardener, but enjoy the challenge and getting outside. Even if the pickles don’t grow well or give me enough bounty to can, there are always the local farmers down the road and trying to grow them gave me a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.