They're sweet, tasty, healthy, and there are pounds and pounds of them
ripening on the huge Celeste fig tree in our front garden!
Yesterday afternoon we had some heavy rain which lasted long enough
to give the parched garden a good soaking. Longed for rain always
looks and sounds wonderful and it caused the temperature to drop
by 20 degrees which was awesome! There was thunder and lightning
but we were thankful the predicted strong damaging winds didn't
accompany the rain.
Here's the tree in the rain - I noted many birds leaving the feeders
and sheltering in the branches when the rain was heaviest.
People stop in their tracks when they realize this is a fig tree - it certainly
has become a talking point around the neighborhood.
Fig and Finch
I will definitely be pruning again in late winter when the branches are bare
and I can see where to remove old wood. The tree is impeding parking
and walking up the driveway now!
This morning, the tree in the sunshine - and the grass looks greener since the rain.
Many figs end up such as this one - a meal for a bird!
Birds enjoying dining in the tree include many cardinals, finches,
robins, catbirds, and blue jays.
On the ground, enjoying fallen fruit, are mourning doves, brown thrashers,
towhees, and of course the never ending visiting squirrels!
Glorious figs - summertime sweetness!