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Summer Joy My Backyard Cherry Tree!

Updated on December 1, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

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?

Do These Look Yummy Or What!

Do These Look Yummy Or What!
Do These Look Yummy Or What!

Remember...

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.

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      John R Wilsdon 3 years ago from Superior, Arizona USA

      My cherry tree has given me such delight. My first crop was small, but the tree is only 4 years old. I look forward to a lot more fruit in the future. We don't have COOL summer evenings as such in Arizona, but nevertheless, the picking was also delightful. Good article. Thumbs up.

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      mio cid 3 years ago from Uruguay

      I enjoyed this hub.you should read "My sweet orange tree" by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos,I bet you will love that read.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @gottaloveit2: There's a link to the pie recipe there in the links section. I think it's on a Plexo. I'll have to go check! Thanks for the blessing!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Wow! What a great pic of the cherries on the tree. Where's the cherry pie recipe?! Blessed!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Good lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      kare2share 5 years ago

      So funny that you didn't know what your "mysterious little dwarf tree" was until it started producing cherries! I had a similar experience but mine turned out to be a lemon tree. Oh well, you know what they say: When life gives you lemons... :P

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      PEANUT857 5 years ago

      Hey! Peanut here. I have such a sweet tooth - bet that cherry pie is delicious! Wish bones grew on trees too!

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Wishing i had a cherry tree now. I guess my apple tree will do for now. Cherry pie does sound awesome right about now.

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Cherries are so delicious. We live near woods with lots of birds, so we have to pick our cherries at the supermarket.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I consider my plants to be my pets too. Totally not unusual to do so. I love how your doggy is guarding the cherry tree.

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      jenniferain 5 years ago

      Great lens! Cherries are one of my favorite fruits!

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      SandiCaldwell 5 years ago

      Sure makes me hungry for cherry pie!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cherry trees always remind me of summer. Great lens!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      What a lovely tree!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      A bowl of cherries makes me happy. Would love to have one in the garden.

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      craigmitchell 5 years ago

      That's it! I want one for my garden :o)

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      Angelina 5 years ago from California

      I had a tree years ago...fresh fruit taste so much better than store bought..Great pics, it seems full of cherries - how fun.

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      it's nice to have a fruit plant in our backyard, specially when we can eat it...

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      My parents had a cherry tree in the back yard. It was fun climbing the tree. And it was a treat eating the cherries.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I love cherries but we can only get the preserved ones

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      Great lens about Cherries. I grew up with Cherry trees everywhere on our farm and lots of Cherry pies...yum!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I planted a cherry tree when we first moved to a new house but never saw its fruits because we were always away at around that time.

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      McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

      delicious cherry