Or, at the very least, buttons.
The last of the season’s Garden Club tours were last night, and it was heartening to see all of the fruit planted in people’s backyards. The larger property outside of town had apples, plums, cherries and raspberries as I would expect, but even the people in town managed to fit in a grape here, raspberries there, rhubarb tucked into a side border or even an entire row of their garden, a crabapple or 1-2 full sized apple trees. I even saw a small Flowering Almond bush with fuzzy fruits – the almonds aren’t particularly tasty, but as I’m planning on putting in hazelnuts next year it’s fun to see any success with nuts in this area.
Interestingly enough, the people with the grapes didn’t know they were grapes until a wandering Garden Club member told them. See why you should share your beautiful plants with others, people? You learn stuff! 😉
Now we just need to work on expanding to the front yards. I think more people would be interested in growing fruits and edible perennials for themselves if they just knew of other examples, which is really hard if all examples are tucked away in people’s private spaces. Eat the View!