Archive for April, 2012

Cherry cherry cherry…
April 1, 2012

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So you folks in cold climates are slightly amused by my irrational exuberance regarding a few cherries on a tree.  OK, not just a FEW, but about 50 in all.  For this tiny tree in our hot climate, it is a remarkable milestone and a testament to Fred Zaiger of Zaiger Genetics in Modesto, prolific breeder of stone fruit, much of it low-chill.  The range of fruit we’re able to grow here now is incredible; my neighbor still has some bananas on the tree across the street, avocado and citrus are on the other side of the fence, and 100 varieties of apples are growing around the yard.  Blueberries form a hedge against the wall, and the most luscious peaches and nectarines are in blossom right now.  The only thing we’re lacking is cranberries, which if you’ve ever tasted a fresh one, makes me wonder how the Indians ever figured out that they weren’t poisonous as its like sucking on an aspirin tablet.  I can live with canned cranberries…

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