Posts Tagged ‘ripe’

First peaches

July 19, 2016 Leave a comment
Nice big peaches

Ripe peaches

These are the peaches which ripen earliest.

I ate one today and it was very juicy and quite delicious.

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Nearly ripe apricots

July 1, 2016 2 comments
Golden fruit on every branch

Golden fruit on every branch

This is the every-other-year apricot tree laden with fruit.

I picked half-a-dozen ripe ones today but the rest are not quite there yet.

Grapes at sunset

August 12, 2013 4 comments
Still sour

Still sour

As the sun sets behind the mountains, its last rays shine horizontally into the garden.

Last night they caught these bunches of grapes.

If they’d been quite ripe, as I’d hoped, they wouldn’t have presented such beautiful clusters of varicoloured jewels.

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Tantalising butterfly

July 22, 2013 2 comments
Giant banded grayling butterflies on a nectarine 2

Communal dining

Checking to see if the nectarines were ripe (which they aren’t quite), I found some badly bird-pecked ones.

Not only that, on one of them 2 butterflies were gorging themselves silly.

For identification purposes (to clinch they were Giant Banded Graylings), I wanted to photograph one of them with its wings open.

And so the pursuit began.

Viewfinder against eye and finger on shutter release, I chased my target from tree trunk to fence post to rock and back again to nectarine.

Despite sitting for minutes at a time in full sunshine on its various resting places, it never once fanned out its wings to sun itself.

In the end I had to be satisfied with the blurred image I caught first time on the nectarine.

The nearest I got

The nearest I got

Ripe apricots

July 17, 2013 5 comments
Perfect tree-ripened apricots

Perfect tree-ripened apricots

Our main, reliable apricot tree is at the far end of the orchard.

Bird-pecked apricot

Bird-pecked apricot

I forgot to check it just recently and was only alerted by jays flying out of it that the fruit is now ripe!

And how ripe.

There’s no way you can beat a tree-ripened apricot.

When you split it open and take out the stone, there’s juice lying in the hollow. It melts under your teeth.

The jays took surprisingly few and we got a basketful.

Some to eat raw, then jam, perhaps?

The basket was almost too heavy to lift

The basket was almost too heavy to lift

Cherry thieves

June 26, 2013 3 comments


Durone di Cesena cherries - staple diet of golden orioles

Durone di Cesena cherries – staple diet of golden orioles

I have no actual evidence but I think it was golden orioles that stole our cherries.

They’ve been audible for days, making their musical ‘tiddly-oo’ call in the trees.

They sound quite near but despite looking hard for them I’ve only ever glimpsed one once. It was so striking – a male, yellow all over except for black wings and tail – that it looked unnatural, as if it ought to have been in a tropical forest.

Yesterday we went out for an hour or so and in that time all the cherries which I’d hoped to nurse to ripeness completely vanished.

A few were left on the ground, with stalks snapped through, and one or two were obviously inaccessible even to an acrobatic bird.

This was our best cherry crop ever (I speak comparatively) and we did get a few but they’re a lot nicer ripe.

It would be just like those orioles to deny us even the sight of them in the orchard. The jays and crows are more blatant which is why this time they’re not my number one suspects.

The orioles will be eating the wild cherries now, with their beady eyes on the nectarines …

Red Apples

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Not quite ripe

These are nice hard, juicy apples with very white flesh.

I’ve been eating them although I’m not quite sure they’re ripe yet.

I’ve no idea what variety they are; the garden centre label, if ever there was one, is long since gone.

They seem mercifully resistant to codling moth larvae. The blemish on the right-hand apple looks quite superficial unlike the great tunnels in some of the other kinds of apple.