Summer Joy My Backyard Cherry Tree!
My Pet Cherry Tree Is So Much Fun!
OK, I admit calling a tree a "pet" sounds a bit silly... but I water it, feed it, prevent its pests, and talk to it now and then... that almost qualifies it as a pet, at least among the trees in my yard! Of course, the real pet in the photo is my beloved Scrappy Jack Schnauzer, who loved to hang out with me while I was out picking cherries – he knew a great place to get free snacks!
We moved here in 2010 and one of the first surprises to greet me was the mysterious little dwarf tree in my back yard suddenly covered with white blossoms! I watched the tree patiently for weeks, dying to know what it would produce!
Last year the tree produced so bountifully that I picked the cherries, pitted them and made a most beautiful cherry pie with them. A week later, I picked again, pitted again, and was shocked to see tiny squiggly objects coming to the bowl's surface - WORMS! Apparently they hadn't hatched in the first batch, or whatever worms do. This entire huge bowl got pitched with much howling and complaint.
Lesson learned! Off to the garden center to find something to prevent worms in fruit trees. I dutifully applied the product that summer, fall, and early this spring. The cherries came on early this year in May, and I was delighted to find not one worm in the bunch! So far I've made a yummy batch of homemade cherry muffins and a pie. Lots more desserts to come, since I was able to put about a gallon of them in the freezer!
Picking cherries, I've learned, is one of my favorite garden activities. It's like being surrounded by a cloud of rubies, standing there on a cool summer evening surrounded by my furfriends. Wonderful.
"It's like being surrounded by a cloud of rubies, standing there on a cool summer evening..."
Is there anything as beautiful as a cherry pie coming out of the oven?
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If you don't keep your cherries picked, the birds will be glad to help you out! Once cherries start going ripe, you need to pick every day until they are gone. I wash mine, pit them, dry on a paper towel and put in a freezer container that I can keep adding to.