Do you remember the mariposa plums? I saved the seeds and put them in a wet paper towel to see if I could get any of them to germinate.
Well, one of them seems to be doing something…
It’s a bit odd looking, and the discoloration still the right end there make me a little nervous that something a wrong with it, but nonetheless, I put it in a small pot of soil, and to see if anything would come up.
Well, would you look at this:
Ok, it’s kind of hard to tell from the photo, but there is a tiny sprout coming up. This photo was taken yesterday, only four days after I planted the plum seed. I’m optimistic that I’ll have a small mariposa plum tree soon.
Did you know that prior to becoming “Silicon Valley” the Bay Area used to be called “The Valley of Heart’s Delight?” Apparently, it got this name because of all of the fruit orchards in the area. In the 1930s, San Jose, which is just south of Palo Alto, was the world’s largest cannery and dried fruit packing center. El Camino Real (a major highway through Palo Alto that connects San Diego with San Francisco) used to a a dirt road line with orchard trees between Palo Alto and San Jose.
Although there aren’t many orchards left in the immediate area, fruit trees are not infrequently seen. The plum and peach season seems to have just ended, and we’re starting to get into pears and apples. Fall is coming! But some citrus (like lemons) are also ripe, which confuses me.
There’s a map of Stanford’s campus that identifies all of the fruit trees in the area. When Nate visited me, we tried to find as many as we could.
At firs we weren’t having much luck…the campus was pretty, but the first few fruit trees we tried to find weren’t where the map said they would be.