Summer Garden Photos for 2017
by Jim Gerrish
The warmth and rains of Spring
give way to the fruits of summer. Cherry Blossoms are all right
for the Park, but for REAL cherries that you can eat from the
branch and make into pies, jellies and jams there's nothing like
the REAL cherry trees of East Orange. This is one of them in my
back yard. Today large numbers of the cherries are ripe enough
for plucking using the Cherry Plucker I invented in May of
2013. I've had to rebuild it several
times, but it still works well for those of us who don't dare
climb ladders at our advanced age!
I always fly the Flag on the
First Day of Summer. This year the porch display is largely made
up of perrenial flowering plants; strawberries on the left and
various bulbs and tubers in the hanging pots and on the right.
The green branches on the far right belong to a cherry bush that
has yet to produce its first crop of cherries, but may pop out
with one or two just to show off. Next year it will be expected
to compete with the cherries in the backyard. The front garden is
beginning to blossom with lilies, like the orange Tiger Lily on
the left, and more which will be appearing soon.
As you pass under the entrance
trellis to the Garden, look up at the mouth-watering view of
Concord Grapes that will be ready for eating perhaps sooner than
we thought! This is what they looked like in May,
The Golden Apple Blossom that looked so promising last April looks
a little dismal as it produces some lumpy fruit this summer, but
the tree will teach us what care it needs to have next year for
I will continue to record the
arrival of flowers, fruits and berries as Summer continues...
If anyone else in East Orange
wants to share their garden photos on this page as their gardens
come to life during the Spring and Summer of 2017, please feel
free to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .