Spring has hit in the food forest and there are beautiful blooms and fruit everywhere.
Wild plums are covered in snowy blossoms:
The azaleas are back again.
The Key lime tree on the south wall of our house is absolutely covered in beautiful little blooms.
While right next to it is the Ponderosa lemon with its much larger buds, waiting another week or so before it unveils its fragrant splendor for the bees to loot.
The grape vines are still asleep but won’t be for long.
The mulberries, my favorite berry of all time, are bursting into life with what promises to be a bumper crop of sweet fruit.
Even the thistles are beautiful once you get past their prickly facade.
The Tropic Beauty peach went into full bloom a couple of weeks ago and is covered with fuzzy little green peaches right now.
The loquats are bearing us fruit.
The very exciting long-fruited mulberry tree I planted over a year ago is bearing fruit for the first time. Doesn’t it look incredible?
The improved plum branch I grafted onto my Chickasaw plum two years ago is decked out in style.
And the nectarine, not to be outdone, is a blaze of pink right now.And last but not least, the prickly pears need picking!
There’s always something beautiful to see in my yard. Layer upon layer of vegetables, blooms, fruits, nuts and roots all interweave through the food forest and bear in their season. I have a huge species list in my book Create Your Own Florida Food Forest that you’ll find helpful if you live in Florida. I even divide up the various species into canopy/sub-canopy/shrub layers, etc., so you can plant out your space.
What’s happening in your yard right now?