Young fruit and summer evenings

Summer is here. We’re out working in the garden most evenings and always looking outside while we work during the day; it’s that time of year. Tonight while my husband and younger son discussed the garden and lawn behind the house (still very wild since our house was built nearly three years ago), I quickly documented the changes in some of the fruit-bearing bushes and trees that we’ve planted over the last couple of years. We have young fruit!

First was the Serviceberry, which I see has a bit of a bug infestation on some of the young berries.

Young serviceberry with bug infestation

Next was one of the half dozen Manchu Cherries that we planted two years ago. These have been growing vigorously and look beautiful; it’s easy to see the kind of fruit-bearing hedge they should become over the next few years. I think I squealed when I noticed that we actually have a bit of fruiting happening this year.

Very young manchu cherry bearing fruit

My third stop was the Red Currant we put in as a sort of test, to anchor a large rock on the windowless eastern corner of the house, next to a large, curving vegetable bed. It has been extremely happy in such a sheltered place (the wind whips across the vegetable bed, which wraps around and is, therefore, largely unprotected by the house, forcing us to make use of makeshift tunnels and cloches to protect transplants), so we will plan to add some companion plants.

Young red currant in fruit

It’s so reassuring to see these plants thriving and it’s always good to stand back and look at what is becoming of our small efforts.

Older son arrived home from work as we were winding down on the porch.

Teen and boy greeting each other

Teenage boy and dog sitting together

Younger son continued the conversation with his Dad about the back garden, and Reggie seemed to listen in.

Garden planning on the porch

8 thoughts on “Young fruit and summer evenings

  1. What a beautiful porch, and view! Love the look of the very austere-sounding Serviceberry. Those Manchu cherries look pretty – you’re so lucky plants like that flourish in your garden. Anything red, shiny and remotely edible would be decimated by the possums here.

    1. Thank you Saskia! We pinch ourselves each year as we get to enjoy that porch after a lengthy winter. Apparently the Serviceberry is also known as Saskatoon Berry (a variety), Shadbush and Sarvisberry; they are rather ‘unsung’. I know we’ll lose some fruit and berries to opportunistic critters, but nothing like you have to contend with! I think I’d lose my mind fighting them off. We are aware of three rabbits and a deer who’ve been eyeing the gardens up at the house, and we’re all hoping that Reggie will see them off!

  2. I agree, the porch looks wonderful. I love the line up of old keys. I have a whole bunch of them from the various doors in this house, but I’ve never thought of displaying them. They berry pictures are great – we know them as saskatoons way out here…very popular bear food, I’m told.

    1. Thank you! The keys were originally collected by my husband’s father (who worked in an old family hotel for most of his professional life), and it really is lovely having them up to look at. Having old keys from your own home in a box frame or something like that would be pretty special! Yes, Saskatoons and a bunch of other name from down south that were new to me. Bears and birds, eh!

    1. Thanks Sheryl. It’s also known as shadbush, shadblow, shadwood or sarvisberry and apparently it grows all the way through zone 2 to 9. I grew up with them around and know they are across Canada, but apparently they appear from east to west in the US as well. The berry tastes much like a blueberry, but the tree or bush can end up being close to 40 feet high with some varieties!

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