Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fruits of The Hills

Here's my Weeping Mulberry.

It was in a quite dreadful state when we arrived back home. It was hanging down to the ground and I'm guessing it hadn't been pruned, or even trimmed, over the two years we were gone. I didn't hold out much hope for fruit this year but it has surprised me. It is absolutely laden with mulberries and they are just staring to turn pink. We wandered down over the weekend and plucked a few early bloomers introducing the kids to the joys of growing fruit in your backyard.

In the past we've netted the tree - the first year we moved in a family of finches made their home on the inside of the tree and happily ate their way through just about every single piece of fruit - but I haven't taken any such measures this year. I'm hoping that the birds will leave us with enough to enjoy mulberries with our ice-cream, apple and mulberry pie and, if we're extra lucky enough for a good batch of mulberry jam. Yum.


Anne at #3 said...

Ring me when the apple and mulberry pie is ready!! I'll be right over! And....I'll even bring the ice cream! XX Anne

Iris Flavia said...

I never had mulberry, no idea how it tastes like!
Gotta look for it in the supermarkets next summer (which is sooooo far away).

Maybe it´s the tree´s way to say "thank you!", having fruit right away :-)

Red Dirt Mummy said...

You've got it Anne!

Gosh, I don't know how to describe them, Iris. I guess they're like raspberries in appearance but more purple and the don't taste quite as sharp. Anyone else want to chime in on this one?