May 11, 2010

Plum of My Eye

Italian Plum

Typical Plum (delicious but tree is enormous)

I am so happy, I finally found the Italian Plum/Prune tree I have been seeking. For at least a year, I have been trying to find this tree with several specifications:
  • Can't grow too big
  • Blue/purple fruit
  • Self-fertile (does not need another tree to cross pollinate)
  • Delicious fruit
  • Not expensive

Yesterday, my friend Linda, and I found just the tree! This $34.00, semi-dwarf Italian plum tree will grow only 10-15 feet tall and wide. The fruit is oblong and a beautiful blue/purple. It is the perfect tree and I have the perfect spot.

It's true what they say about gardening, you have to find the right plant for the right space. If I had given up on my search for the perfect plum tree, I might have purchased one that would've grown too big, (blocking the house), or had coloring that did not have a place in the garden. I do not readily summon patience, but when it comes gardening, it's necessary to keep looking or editing your plans. Try not to be swayed for "insta-grata" buys. In time, you may be pulling that plant, weeding its self-sown offspring, or dealing with structural issues to your home due to overgrowth.

Of course I will be posting before/afters of the deemed Italian Plum planting spot. I can't wait!

1 comment:

Simply Brookes said...

gorgeous! Can't wait to see them in your garden. A plum is a perfect addition to it. Way to go.