We have grown crabapples for many years in the front yard without ever making good use of the fruit. Of course the abundant white flowers in the springtime are delightful and the pretty summertime fruit have always been appreciated but we never harvested them for eating. Until now that is. Our youngest son was inspired by the sprightly taste of the fruit. He picked a bunch of them and made a couple of galettes, one with the crabapples and one with blueberries, apricots, and peaches. Both were quite good, but the crabapple one was really special. Think of the best rhubarb pie you’ve ever tasted.
This was so good, that he went out this week and picked another batch of the crabapples.
The remarkable thing about these little crabapples is that a very high percentage are without blemish or insect damage and this is without any spraying at all. This is quite a contrast with our normal apple trees.
This is a very active time outdoors right now. I thought I would also share another of the interesting spiders that we have run across.
I always find the jumping spiders have considerable personality.
And another interesting tidbit is the arrival of the rain lilies.
We have grown these very hardy rain lilies for many years and they seem early this year but we had some strong rains and up they came. I had also moved one of the Zephyranthes from the greenhouse last year and seems to be doing fine, though it is supposed to be a zone 8 plant.
I would also note in passing that this is a good time to be gathering seeds for the various seed exchanges. Some are quite easy to find like the Zephyranthes.
Lastly I’ll close this post with one of the prettiest lilies I’ve come across (unnamed at the moment).