Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dr. Big's Fruit Cocktail Tree

I've heard of fruit cocktail and ambrosia, but a fruit cocktail tree?
Dr. Big planted one last year. It's supposed to produce peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots.
"How is this possible?" I asked Big.
"Grafting," he said. "With fruit trees, you can transplant limbs to limbs."
The admittedly small, logical part of my brain, the part that goes numb when I balance the checkbook, thinks Big got snookered. But my fanciful, nature-loving part is rooting for this little tree.

It may never produce a single fruit, but its pink blossoms have brightened our bald, winter-ruined backyard. One thing that amazes me: how did the tree's tag make it through the winter without fading or tearing?

I'm taking this as a good sign. Maybe this tree will be just as hardy.

Like all of you, I've been waiting and waiting for spring. The windows are open and a sweet breeze stirs the curtains. Big says he may have heard bullfrogs down by the pond--for sure I can hear the donkeys bray (they're fond of doing this at 3 a.m.--in case you're wondering, it sounds like a foghorn that got caught in a meat grinder).

I love country living and feel blessed to live on this hilltop.
Happy Easter!

XXOO

27 comments:

  1. I have never heard of this tree but I am very interested if it does produce fruit. I hope you have a happy Easter.

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  2. Oh what a wonderful tree if it really produces! Perfect for an Easter post...maybe it's like the trees in the Garden of Eden! Have a wonderful Easter Sunday. Drop by for a visit, I just posted some pretty plates and a teapot vignette.

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  3. happy easter to you! good eating to you this summer, every flower is food to come, start stocking up on whip cream!

    my neighbors have donkeys, full size, miles away... one heck of a noise, you are pretty right on with the fog horn gone a foul... i can't tell you how many times i have jumped out of my skin only to end up laughing with relief!

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  4. I saw this tree in one of my nursery catalogs last summer, and wanted to get a couple of them. Let us know if it produces fruit! I think they are awesome!

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  5. Well, I've never heard of this one. I'll be eager to hear of the results. We may all rush out to find one!
    Hope your weekend is a glorious one. Happy, Happy!

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  6. How interesting! A genetic feat that Mendel (remember high school biology genetics?) would be proud to see.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  7. I've seen the ads for those trees and my brain went the way of yours, Michael. Thank Bandy for that answer- now I might actually buy one! Keep us posted on it's progress. And have a beautiful Sunday!
    xoxo Pattie

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  8. Happy Easter to you and your family and please please make to sure to post on the progress of this tree. So interesting.
    Sylvia

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  9. What a beautiful flower on that tree. You will have to let us know if it works.

    Carol

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  10. I've never heard of this tree either, but what an amazing idea. Keep us posted on it's progress and in the meantime, enjoy the lovely blossoms. Kathy

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  11. I have heard about this tree... hmmm. So many grafts on one little tree sounds so implausible... but if anyone can make it work.. it would be you... can't wait to hear what happens. Happy Easter!

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  12. Best of luck with the tree, it's really cool! Happy Easter!

    Oh and, I hear frogs taste like chicken... just sayin...

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  13. Don't think I have every heard of one before. Keep us posted how it does. HD had some potato bush trees that were so pretty - not sure I had seen those before either.

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  14. Wow, I've never seen a tree like that, I hope it produces lots of yummy fruit!

    Happy Easter!

    Kat :)

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  15. We saw one of these trees at a home on the Christmas tour, last year. That was the first we heard of a Fruit Cocktail tree.

    The photos are beautiful!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  16. I hope your tree lives and thrives and grows up to produce all those fruits in abundance..

    Happy Easter
    Sonny

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  17. If only the blossoms would last a long time too. They are really gorgeous. We will all be waiting to see what grows from them.

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  18. At times I am not the most 'aware of what's going on' bloggers .... but how did I miss the transition from Dr. G to Dr. Big? I am almost terrified to learn the answer. There has to be a story.
    Curious minds ..........
    Happy Easter.

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  19. What a lovely tree. I have never heard of a Fruit Cocktail Tree. How fun!! Can't wait to hear if you get fruit. I bet it is just beautiful right now with all the blooms! Happy Easter:)

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  20. *me thinks Dr. Big got snookered* LOL I sure hope not! Wouldn't that be wonderful to have such a variety & abundance of fresh fruit. Keep us posted on its progress, please?

    The photos are divine & that little bug butt sticking up is just too funny. I wonder if he knew you were there??

    Wishing you a joyous holiday!
    Blessings,
    Rett

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  21. Amazing tree! Can't wait to see the fruit it produces!

    Happy Easter!

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  22. I hope the tree does bear different fruits at least once~Happy Easter!

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  23. Oooh, how fun ~ a fruit cocktail tree! I've never heard of one before. When our daughter was little, she always asked for Hoot-Cockatail (she had trouble pronouncing her f's!).

    Hope you and your sweet family had a wonderful and blessed Easter!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  24. I have never heard of the fruit cocktail tree! I will be anxious to see what it produces!
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter and are feeling better!

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  25. Hi designsbygollum,
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the fruit cocktail tag pic. I just planted two of the very same trees and meant to go to the website for the nursery on the tag. You made it a lot easier bc I think I threw the tags away. :) Thanks again. My trees are already making fruit before planting, how are yours doing? I hope well!
    Sincerely, Kristie, Atlanta, GA

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  26. I would like to exchange links with your site designsbygollum.blogspot.com
    Is this possible?

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  27. Such beautiful photos! I'm just writing my own blog on the subject. I want my photos to look like yours "when they grow up."

    I love the green frame/borders as well.

    Alys, gardeningnirvana, posting from an unseasonably warm and sunny Silicon Valley.

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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