On Friday the 21st, Margy, our friend Mihku, and I went to Broadway Gardens and picked out two sweet cherry trees. Mihku is a master gardener and her help was invaluable–in fact, the sales person suggested she should have a job sitting with their trees and telling people about them.
We purchase a Lapins semi-dwarf and a Black Tartarian semi-dwarf. The Lapins will self-pollinate, but the Black Tartarian needs another tree, such as the Lapins, to pollinate. I thought about just getting the Lapins, but it seemed like they would enjoy having each other for company. So it is beginning. Our little permaculture garden in our back yard. Starting with one of our favorite fruits–sweet cherries.
I have been sick for a few weeks with this horrible respiratory virus/flu going around, and really haven’t had energy to do much but keep work at church afloat–so no blogging, no gardening, not even taking my morning walk most days–it just triggers too much coughing. So getting the cherry trees really perked me up. We will plant them this coming weekend. Mihku suggested that we need to get some mycorrhizal inoculant for the roots, some compost from her yard, and then train the branches with props to help them widen out while they are still pliable. The semi-dwarfs can grow to 15-18 feet high, and we want to keep them more like 11-13 feet. I will post more pictures as we plant.
In the meantime, getting back to the blog today is cheering me up too, though I am still not feeling great. But today is the New Moon, and this blogging is one way to remember the beings and values closest to my heart. May this day bring joy and sweetness to you too.