First homegrown pluots & 2nd day of Art Challenge

It’s a good thing we started this 30-day Art Challenge for September because it’s been a rough month already. Thankfully, focusing on creativity has provided us with joyful moments for #OneGoodThing options. Today’s inspiration/prompt was garden. Mama drew these wonderful sunflowers in our backyard. We loved finding this one flower nosily peeking onto the other…

Pluot tree’s first crop ever

The Emerald Beaut pluot tree we planted in our backyard 1.5 years ago is now getting its first fruit ever! This glorious variety of pluot won’t be ripe until late August/early September, but Mama and I are so thrilled to be growing our favorite summer fruit. Today’s #OneGoodThing was finding the first ever tiny pluots…

Emerald Beaut’s first buds

The Emerald Beaut tree we planted last year has just started flowering and it is absolutely lovely! This is our favorite variety of pluot and we are praying we’ll receive fruit this summer. These first blossoms give us hope—and were a bright spot in our day. Today’s #OneGoodThing was discovering the Emerald Beaut tree’s first buds…

Pluot tree surprises with buds

We just planted our Emerald Beaut Pluot tree about a month ago; it was tiny and looked more like sticks than a tree. Last week, we wrapped the tree gently in a soft blanket to protect her from frost. When we removed the protective blanket, Mama and I were thrilled to find two tiny, green buds!…

Tiny plum buds are back

Mama and I meandered through our back yard oasis together this morning, examining our garden’s progress before tomorrow’s predicted frost. Besides watering our newly planted fruit trees and seeing what flowers have survived, we were happy to discover tiny green and white buds all over our Santa Rosa plum tree! Upon pruning earlier this year,…

Planting our awesome new tree

Today something truly amazing happened. We planted a new tree in our backyard! That may not sound terribly exciting, but it’s not just any tree. We planted an EMERALD BEAUT PLUOT tree!!! That’s right, we planted our absolute favorite fruit to grow in our backyard! Mama and I been obsessed with this particular plum variety…