|Summer came. The great trees stretched forth their arms and the earth donned her mantle of brightest green.|
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Summer. Abundance. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Time to capture summer for the darker months. And if you can't imagine another jar of jam in your larder, consider the sour plum. Known as ume in Japan, the dried and pickled fruit is indispensable at the Japanese table. Those who have tasted umeboshi or experienced the overwhelming beauty of the tree's winter blossoms will find it indispensable as well. Our Bansho sour plum tree, below, (also known as flowering apricot) offers up its spicily perfumed blossoms to the entire neighborhood on picturesque branches, followed by the famous fruit. There is no finer flowering tree that also produces fruit of equal merit.
|For those who seek a heady weekend imbibing fruit and its attendant pleasures, we highly recommend the upcoming Festival of Fruit to be held in California's Santa Clara Valley. This event, featuring fascinating speakers, garden tours and specialty vendors, is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the California Rare Fruit Growers.|
Our next scheduled ground plant ship date for East Coast locations is Monday July 23, 2018. We ship west of the Rockies most days. Ship dates are determined by travel time so plants do not spend weekends in transit. Please use residential addresses for East Coast shipping so plants arrive within 5 days.
If temperatures in transit or at destination are projected to be above 80 degrees F, your plant order may be placed on hold to avoid damage. We ship non-plant items every day. Please email us if you have questions about delivery times. We will contact you if weather precludes safe shipping of tender plants. You can also check weather forecasts for points between northern California and your location to see if the weather will be appropriate to ship safely.
We are sorry to report that we will no longer be growing citrus due to the California Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine.
Many of our plants are not suitable for year-round growing outdoors in Zones 3-8. Please check your USDA Zone prior to placing an order so you can make the appropriate selection.
New olive varieties include Nocellara del Belice, Bella di Cerignola, Cailletier and Lucques. These represent some of the most cherished table olives in the world and you'll find out why when you pop one in your mouth.
Fig lovers are an equally ardent crowd and will be pleased at some of our new offerings which include Col de Dame Noir, Sequoia and Bourjasotte Gris.
Michael Michaud's botanical tableware continues to dazzle. Fruits, leaves and bark are transformed into heirloom-quality plates, miniature boxes and serving pieces. His New York foundry is one of the few remaining that continue the ancient art of lost wax casting from natural objects. A new piece, the apple box, is now available and warrants close inspection.
When you buy a Bay Flora product, you can help a non-profit group of your choice. At check-out, just enter the name of the organization you wish to support. Up to 15% of your purchase will automatically be directed to that organization. You can also enter a gift card message during check-out and we'll tuck in a beautiful letterpress gift card with your order.
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