Japanese Plums

Japanese Plums

The wife of our branch manager in Reno, Nevada has the most wonderful orchard that she cultivates in their yard! When I was there last month, she proudly showed me these plums, which by now are probably perfectly ripened! There is almost nothing that thrills me more then the sight of fruit growing on the trees! These were beautiful, with a shimmering, cloudlike shading against their green flesh. She said that they were a specific sort of Japanese plum with a gentle and sweet flavor. This is when I wish that i could be several places at once!


Japanese Plums

Japanese Plums

The wife of our branch manager in Reno, Nevada has the most wonderful orchard that she cultivates in their yard! When I was there last month, she proudly showed me these plums, which by now are probably perfectly ripened! There is almost nothing that thrills me more then the sight of fruit growing on the trees! These were beautiful, with a shimmering, cloudlike shading against their green flesh. She said that they were a specific sort of Japanese plum with a gentle and sweet flavor. This is when I wish that i could be several places at once!


Sour Cherries

Sour Cherries

Okay, this was my favorite part of Reno! These are the sour cherries that were ripening during my visit. Pam was amazed that I was eating them by the handful off of the tree! Sour cherries aren't really all that sour unless you try to compare them to Bing cherries or the Queen Anne varieties. They are definitely tart, but with a flowery flavour all their own, and a subtle sweetness that is yummy. These were warm and juicy when I was eating them, absolutely blissful. If you are ever lucky enough to try them fresh like this, don't let others discourage you! They are incredible mixed with a bit of brown sugar or maple syrup and poured over ice cream. I also love to eat them in pie (obviously!) or cooked with pork or beef (and a lot of spices) for a  medieval flavor that is surprising and wonderful!


Sour Cherries

Sour Cherries

Okay, this was my favorite part of Reno! These are the sour cherries that were ripening during my visit. Pam was amazed that I was eating them by the handful off of the tree! Sour cherries aren't really all that sour unless you try to compare them to Bing cherries or the Queen Anne varieties. They are definitely tart, but with a flowery flavour all their own, and a subtle sweetness that is yummy. These were warm and juicy when I was eating them, absolutely blissful. If you are ever lucky enough to try them fresh like this, don't let others discourage you! They are incredible mixed with a bit of brown sugar or maple syrup and poured over ice cream. I also love to eat them in pie (obviously!) or cooked with pork or beef (and a lot of spices) for a  medieval flavor that is surprising and wonderful!


Yellow Irises by the Childrens Garden Pond!

Yellow Flags!

This is the pond in the Hershey Children's Garden, at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens! http://www.cbgarden.org/

It is one of the liveliest spots in the city filled with turtles and fish that come to greet you as soon as they feel your presence! The nicest part about the childrens garden is that it is a totally organic garden, where children can learn about nature, play in the water, and even sneek a sunripened berry or two!


Yellow Irises by the Childrens Garden Pond!

Yellow Flags!

This is the pond in the Hershey Children's Garden, at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens! http://www.cbgarden.org/

It is one of the liveliest spots in the city filled with turtles and fish that come to greet you as soon as they feel your presence! The nicest part about the childrens garden is that it is a totally organic garden, where children can learn about nature, play in the water, and even sneek a sunripened berry or two!


The Rose Garden!

The Magnificent Rose Garden!

This is one small part of the unbelievably gorgeous, award winning rose garden at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. http://www.cbgarden.org/  It is currently in full bloom and well worth the price of admission into the Botanical Gardens!  If you are really lucky to be there when the gardeners are working, you can ask them any questions, which they will answer for you happily! If you are even luckier to be there when they are clipping, you might get a lovely stem of  "The Wife of Bath" (or one of the dozens of other roses)  to take home to enjoy!