My beloved Fuyu Persimmon tree continues to reward me with delicious fruits despite my neglect. I cannot say that I have always attended to it well but this year, life has truly overwhelm me. Caring for two houses and gardens, an hour and half apart plus the stress of a teenage son applying to college.......
Before the Fuyu started taking color, the only time I paid attention to the tree this year was to take pictures of the Persimmon flowers for Autumn Belle- a promise I made when I was harvesting last years crop. It was the ruckus of wild chirping and flapping of wings that emanating from the vicinity of the Fuyu Persimmon tree that woke me up from my stupor. Those birds were fighting each other to get at the fruits! I do not know what angered me more, the delicious ripe persimmon eaten by the birds or the beautiful green unripe persimmon needlessly pecked by the birds? Every gardener with a persimmon tree knows you have to share some fruits with the birds, the keyword here is SOME.
The branches are heavy with fruits that are beginning to swell up in size. At this stage they are the color of Granny Smith apple.
The fruits turn from green to yellow as it ripens. The sepals of the persimmon flower is still attach at the blossom end of the fruit.
The fruits do not ripen at the same time, even on the same branch.
Persimmon turning a tempting orange- signaling it is time to wrap up the fruits.