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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Figs! a.k.a. Globes of Joy

     When hubbie and I moved into this house almost three years ago, I found a struggling potted twig abandoned in the back yard. It was barely alive, but I recognized the leaves immediately - it was a fig. A struggling, little fig tree.
     We'd moved from a different growing zone, but I still knew that even in this new home, we were borderline for growing figs. So, I planted it next to the chimney where the sun was strong, the bricks would hold the heat, and maybe the fireplace would radiate some heat in the winter. It worked.
     Two years later, the fig tree is taller than I am, and this summer it's producing like crazy. I pick several each morning to eat with my breakfast and I'm reminded of the fig tree at the beach, and buying figs from roadside stands as a kid. In fact, all my memories of figs are good. They make me happy.
     I love starting each day with these yummy little treasures.



Blogger Kristi Valiant said...

I've never had fresh figs. They look interesting. Congrats on getting your lil guy to grow up.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Laura Zarrin said...

Good for you! It's paying you back for your TLC. I love fresh figs! My favorite of all time cookie is the Pillow Cookie (aka Fig Newton).

12:19 PM  
Blogger kathleen duey said...

Elizabeth...what a nice blog!

I live near San Diego and have figs. They are a **wonderful** fruit. They are only good fresh from the tree, though. Like tomatoes (though for other reasons) you can't buy good ones. Smart, smart to plant it near the chimney!!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Deb Johnson said...

How Cool! My neighbor has a fig tree and part of it hangs into our yard. We can pick them anytime but I haven't tried one yet. They're still very green! Thanks to your photo I know what a ripe one looks like!

8:15 PM  

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