There are many reasons I love my quaint little farmstead.
One of them is the delicious, fresh, organic fruit I get to pick right from my own yard!
It's so exciting to see the orchard trees fill with blooms each spring. The lovely, fragrant blossoms are a wonderful prelude to the tasty treats to come.
When the plum trees–near the log barn–are in full bloom, it is pure delight to lounge beneath them and bask in their beauty, as I breathe in their sweet perfume.
That joy is paralleled only by the taste of the sweet fruit I'm enjoying right now–picked after a gentle summer rain.
Once the plum blossoms have nearly faded away, the peach blooms begin to burst forth.
The Carolina blue sky makes such a wonderful backdrop for the pretty pink flowers.
What fun it is to watch the fuzzy little peaches begin to form on the branches.
At last! They're finally beginning to blush ever so slightly.
None too soon, there will be sweet, juicy peaches to enjoy here at the cottage.
YUMMM!!! I can't wait!
The blossoms of our Asian pear tree are some of my favorites.
When they make their first appearance in spring, they're disguised as cute little cottonballs protruding from bright green stems.
At first, the fruit is no larger than small crabapples.
Currently, they're about the size of golf balls.
It will be late July before the first pear is ripe enough to eat. But the delectable fruit from that tree will be available through the first weeks of fall.
The cherry trees bloom in unison with the pear.
But, we have to keep a more diligent watch as the fruit of these trees ripens.
Though they parade a beautiful color in the image above, they're not quite ready to harvest–at that point.
Lookin' better here, but still not quite ripe.
Peek-a-boo; it's a pleasure to see you!
By the time they present this vibrant coat of red, it's a race against time to see who will get the most cherries–us or our feathered friends.
Don't you just love our cheery cherries?!
Be sure to visit again for part two of the Brambleberry Cottage fresh picks. ; )
In the meantime, I'm linking up with Cindy for Show and Tell Friday, Tootsie for Flaunt Your Flowers - Ferilizer Friday, and Beverly for Pink Saturday, Susan for Metamorphosis Monday, and Mary for Mosaic Monday.