Sunday, May 29, 2011

Glorious Gracewood Spring!

Due to an emergency dash to the vet across the mountains, thankfully all is well with our dog, Jubal, now - I didn't get as much stitching done as I had hoped to this weekend. So I thought I'd share another glorious spring with you with shots from our small orchard. This shot is through the blossoms of one of our heirloom apple trees. You can see the recent snow on our mountain tops. Down here it was blessed rain and the fruit trees are outdoing themselves.

These blossoms are from a wonderful old heirloom apple called Calville Blanc D'Hiver. It was grown in King Louis XIII's gardens at Orleans. It is a superb dessert apple.

The Wickson crab apple is also covered in blossoms and that makes me very happy because I cook them down for their pectin to make our jams and jellies with all sorts of other flavorings, including lavender and rose.

And not to forget my favorite, the blossoms on our Comice pear tree are also exploding this year. Lord willing, it will be a good harvest on Gracewoods this fall!

Now if everyone will stay well I'll try to get more of the cross stitch Glorious Spring! done :)

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