|A somewhat fuzzy photo of Linda's clematis|
|One of Linda's Hydrangeas coming into bloom|
|Linda's other hydrangea|
|Lapins Sweet Cherry|
I have two little pie cherry trees. One is a Morello type named Northstar. The morello pie cherries have a dark red juice so they make a very pretty pie. The other tree is a Montmorency pie cherry which has clear juice. Between the two trees I got enough pie cherries to make four cherry pies. I baked one cherry pie my grand daughter Autumn as a pie making lesson. I gave enough cherries for a pie to a good friend who came to pick sweet cherries. I baked one cherry pie for myself and I still have one quart of frozen and pitted pie cherries in the freezer. Last year I only got enough pie cherries for two pies. The pie cherry trees are still fairly young so they are just starting to get serious about producing fruit. I've considered replacing a few of my sweet cherry trees with additional pie cherry trees. the pie cherries don't split if it rains, they are self fertile so pollination is less difficult, and they bloom a little later so it tends to be less rainy when they bloom. Even in Western Washington pie cherries usually produce every year, whereas sweet cherries are more hit and miss. The main problem is that the two least productive cherry trees are holding up my hammock.
Meanwhile, the vegetable garden is doing fairly well. I have tomatoes ripening, pole beans running up their poles, zucchini and other squash setting fruit, and my Painted Mountain Flour Corn has started to tassle. I have a second corn patch out back of Reid's Yellow Dent Corn. A good friend gave me the seeds so I thought I should try it. Unfortunately, our former dominant drake trampled a good part of the patch down flat as he was attempting to eliminate his two young rivals. I was tired of all of his needless conflict so the corn patch was the final straw. I added duck plucking to my "To Do" list and dispatched him on the spot. Only a third of that corn patch survived. I planted potatoes in part of the newly opened space. The duck pen is much more peaceful now. This wasn't his first offense. We lost more than half of our ducklings earlier in the year due to his bad behavior. I expected him to be tough as he was at least three years old. He turned out to be much more tender as a roast duck than he ever was as a father duck....
|Linda's needy cat attempting to get me to stop picking cherries to pet her.|