gauging plums

July 22, 2010 · 6 comments

in Plants, Trees, Woods and Forests

Plums Gages in Wooden Bowl   |   Mesmerising Moments

The tree looks weary. I suspect it’s the weight of rain, but then again, there’s something different.

The fruit is ripe!

The dark green canopy of leaves is punctuated by shining citrus-green baubles. No, wait! Some are split and brown, a speckling of insects and beak pecks.

I rush inside for a bowl before the creatures eat my fill.

On a chair, my head in the canopy, I enter another world. Drops of recent rain escape from the tree as I pluck the fruit from the branches; sounds, muffled by the leaves, take on a magical mumble.

The self-seeding tree has always been a mystery. Damson, plum, gage, who knows? They’re sweet and juicy with a sour hiss by the stone and,

I am mesmerised.


You can find out more about the difference between plums, gages and damsons, and how to grow them in your garden on the Royal Horticultural Society website.


This tree did indeed seed itself about 10 years ago at the bottom of the garden. At first when when weeding the garden I’d think about pulling it up but was too curious to see what it would be. Producing delicious scented flowers each spring it only fruited for the first time last year.  Between the weather, the birds and the insects I missed the window of opportunity for harvesting last year. This year I made sure to take the time to notice.


Mesmerising Moments occur more frequently as we become more aware of our surroundings. Take notice of nature, however small she is where you live, and open up to the wonder of the world.


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in a Welsh Garden July 23, 2010 at 08:20

I didn’t know that plums could self seed , although now I think about it well of course , why shouldn’t they?! That’s what seeds do : D

I came straight to this when I saw it posted on Twitter x

Simone July 23, 2010 at 08:38

Cherry plums! We had loads of them last year over in Germany. The old wild trees surrounding the trees were bending under the weight of the fruits. Some even broke down. There are different kinds of cherry plums. We have one growing in our garden with dark red leaves which is one of the early blooming trees. It’s tender rosy flowers are a joyful sight after the darkness of winter – and an important food source for the bees. Last year nature obviously had “perfect timing” with the blooming and the bees 😉 All those yellow, red-cheeked round and juicy miracles were the result. A bit sour to eat but they make delicous jam. Mesmerizing indeed.

wildelycreative July 23, 2010 at 15:44

It did indeed find it’s own little spot at the bottom of the garden.
Cherry plums!!! Now I know!
Maybe they can change fruiting colour in new seeds. The neighbours tree has dark red leaves and a flush of pink flowers in the spring. Have just noticed they have some bright red fruits on their tree that I’ve never noticed before…
You’ve just got to love nature when she feeds you for free!

Meredith July 28, 2010 at 00:48

What a beautiful post! I felt I was with you in the tree, enjoying this mesmerizing moment. 🙂

wildelycreative July 28, 2010 at 11:43

Thanks Meredith. And thanks also for the reminder the other day. Timely indeed.
Looking for contributors to Mesmerising Moments. Am sure the MM readers would love a bit of Enchanted Earth magic!

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