Above the pomegranate tree with the narrow leaves and spiny branches is a cherry tree with its dark green oval leaves. Neither plant has produced any fruit ever! They have been there at least 10 years. This year they both showed promise after a cool season with more rain than usual. What might have easily become a cherry or two was optimistically recognised nestling under a leaf or two last month.
Alas....... still no fruit! But it did take the lemon tree, mentioned elsewhere, 7 years to produce its first lemon so there's always hope. And the lemons are enormous!
With the village over the shoulder of the cherry tree, and those wonderful Washingtonias standing proud behind it, at least the cherry tree has a good view. Fortunately, there are cherry orchards 45 minutes drive inland and that's where we will have to go for a cherry.
Do you remember the Meadow Cranesbill? Well, I do.
It must be the result of having to make a flower collection in my schooldays in the north of England. So when Flora and I discovered a certain packet of seeds two years ago in a car-boot sale, or wherever it was, we scattered the contents over the bankside and looked forward to the Spring. They came up beautifully, in a blue mist - the photo gives a hint of this. We left the flowers to go to seed and expected the mist to spread even further in 2009.
Well, they appeared late last month like hairy monsters with
roots like parsnips.
That's them on the right. In the bin before they could seed.
No blue mist. Meadow Cranesbill they were not.