What is everyone eating from their orchard today?


Take a few close up pics, please. Maybe, you can take pics of them cut up, too.

I have heard that Shiseiki tastes better. That would be one of my guesses.


Those look and sound like Shinsui. My Shinsui are ripening now, I like that variety because it is a few weeks ahead of any other asian pear variety.


They appear to be picked at their peak. I’m sure they will be delicious.


This is my first time adding a picture so I hope I do this right, I’m quite the luddite.

Proud to show the first of my peaches, along with some berries. The white stuff on the peaches is Surround. I ended up with about 50 of these so far and there are another 30 or so on the tree. After a few years of failure, Scott’s organic program worked incredibly well.

I don’t know what kind of peaches they are, but they are delicious. I bought the tree for $1 from Home Depot years ago. If anyone has any guesses to the variety, please let me know.


Coralstar one of my favorites. Size of a softball.


Of my 49 fruit trees, I’ve only been able to harvest 2 Independence nectarines from my greenhouse tree. I should be able to eat some Puget Gold Apricots in another week or two, then some outdoors Independence nectarines and eventually Frost peaches and HardiRed nectarines. Today though we harvested our first batch of Triple Crown thornless blackberries, which ripened several days sooner than expected.

Here are some of the stone fruit I’m impatiently waiting to ripen.


These are what my kids and I did harvest today…

Then I harvested more for our upstairs neighbours…



How does Laxton’s Giant compare in size and flavor to Titania?


I got rid of Laxton’s Giant several years ago, before I ever got Titania. So, I can’t give a direct comparison, but LG was a very sparse producer for me, with above average sized fruit. Flavor was too strong for fresh eating.

While my Titania is still young, it seems to be a fast growing, strong producing bush with decent berry size.

For more on Black currants:


strawberries coming in more and more each day. picked this today (early glow and mara de bois).


Ate two medium Kieffer pears today. These two bloomed late and escaped the cold weather. They also ripened late. They were crunchy and sweet with very little grit.


Russian mulberries


Dirt and sweat. Not even finished grafting!


I actually got to try a pretty ripe strawberry from the backyard patch. It was an Earliglow and very tasty, and sweet enough.

I picked a few more this morning, but they weren’t as sweet. So we should have a really good crop in a couple weeks. It’s nice that we didn’t get a late freeze, so we’re rewarded with an early crop.


I had one strawberry, but it was still in its little pot from the hardware store, lol.

Actually I have some forming well on those and they’re in the ground now. That variety is Surecrop, a June bearer according to the tag.

(My little hardware store sold 4-packs of veggies, herbs and 2-pack strawberries at a mixed flat for $15! I love little local stores.)


Just picked these in the greenhouse for desert at my last meal for the day.

Obsidian blackberry, Royal Rainier cherry, Tasty Rich aprium, and Flavorella Plumcot.


Would you let us know how good the cherries are?


They’re pretty good. The one I measured was 24 brix and still had a lot of acid. This is the first ones I’ve tried that I thought were ripe. The other two stone fruits have been 20-23 brix. I like Tasty Rich better than Flavorella. TR has a better flavor.


Thanks. I wish I was there. I hope to have a bowl full of my own rainiers this year. Hopefully I can let them get super dark on the tree.


A bowl of Earliglows from the garden with a tbsp of orange liquor. #BestDessertEver !!! :upside_down_face: