So the most amazing thing has happened! But first, a little back story......
Bart planted a purple leaf plum tree in our front yard years ago -- before we were married -- and we lost it in a storm a few years back. It was a sad day because it had been there a long time and was a healthy, vibrant tree. However, I was slightly excited the day after that, because losing the tree meant that we got to pick out a new tree and I'd always wanted a stunningly beautiful big ole pink dogwood just like the one at my Grandma's house growing up. That tree was amazing. Seriously. Huge and the pinkest pink blooms you ever did see! Ahhhh. That tree will live on in my mind forever. ;)
So we got our dogwood and it died. Now, Bart McVey has a pretty firm policy that if he tries a plant in a spot once and it dies, he doesn't try again with that same plant in that same spot. I suppose it's a perfectly reasonable policy, but it didn't really suit me very well when I reeeeally wanted a dogwood in our front yard. And anyway, our neighbors have a white dogwood on the side of their house which isn't far away at all, from the front of our house, so surely would could get one to grow. Right? So my dear sweet husband broke his rule and we tried again. We moved the location slightly, but we planted another dogwood in the front yard and it died. Then, we tried a redbud. Guess what. It died! What in the world was going on?! He's got a very green thumb so it's not like things usually die on us!
After 4 dead trees, we determined that we should just try again with a purple leaf plum because he'd had one there for years and it had always been a healthy little tree. So we planted again a few years ago and that little tree has gotten bigger and bigger every year. Such a healthy little thing. And it always has some plums on it each year, but we always thought they were inedible, so we didn't give it much thought.
Turns out, they're EDIBLE! And this year, we've got a BUMPER CROP! I kid you not, the branches are hanging down nearly to the ground in some places, because they're so heavily weighted down with fruit! I've never seen anything like it. In our front yard, I mean. Haha! I read that a harsh season of drought (such as we had last year) can produce an amazing crop of fruit the following year.
I've also read that the fruit may be better suited to making jam than to just eating it straight, so we'll have to see how they taste once they're ready to be harvested, but I'm so excited to have our very own fruit tree in the front yard!! Haha! I think they might be ready to harvest around August? I'm not sure. Someone told me to watch for when the birds and squirrels start eating them. That should give us a clue that they're ready! lol.
Anyone have any experience with a purple leaf plum tree? Or know how to can plums? Or have a plum jam recipe to share? ;)