Hanging Blue













     Nearly every year there were an abundance of plums on who know how many plum trees that were in the yard.  All along the south side of the lawn was a row of plum trees.  I have never counted them there were so many.  There were the odd ones here and there in other parts of the yard also. 


















      On the other side of the lawn was another row of lots of plum trees.  Most of them were the blue plums but there were also two kinds of yellow plums.



In the center is a

yellow plum tree.


     Mind you, we like to share the plums and others have come to help themselves to the plums.  Many of them have been dried or put into the jars for storage.








               A bear eating the plums by the plum trees.


















     But the part that was a difficulty was that the bears like plums also.  And we do not mind the bears having some plums also if they would not make such a mess of their eating habits and have some manners.  They like to come at night to the plums and apples and break the branches and leave their piles of messes on the lawn.







  After years of this my husband got tired of cleaning up after them and so he cut down all the plum trees.  But you can imagine the numerous little plum trees that are shooting up everywhere.























 "When the farmers seek to recommend or exhibit their products, they do not gather up the poorest but the best specimens. The women possess a zeal to bring the very best golden lumps of butter, molded and prettily stamped. The men bring the best yield of vegetables of every kind. The very best and most attractive fruit is brought, and their appearance does the skillful workers credit. The variety of fruits--the apples, peaches, apricots, oranges, lemons, and plums-- all these are very attractive. . . . No one would bring the most dwarfed specimens, but the very choicest which the land can produce.    

     And why should not Christians living in these last days reveal the most attractive fruit in unselfish actions? Why should not the fruit of the commandment-keeping people of God appear in the very best representation of good works? Their words, their deportment, their dress should bear fruit of the very best quality. By their fruits, Christ said, ye shall know them. . . . Let the church members have the precious traits of the character of Christ."  

HP 326 

"The seventy-six acres of hill and valley land is well cultivated, and will furnish much fruit and many vegetables for                                                                          'the institution. Fifteen acres of the valley land is in alfalfa hay. Eight acres of the hill are in apricots, plums, and almonds. Ten acres are in good bearing orange orchard. Many acres of land round the cottages and the main building are laid out in lawns, drives, and walks."  

SpTB03b 12  

 "The place that we have just purchased here in California for our school contains wonderful advantages. It is situated on Howell Mountain, five miles from the Sanitarium. There are over 1600 acres of land in the property, 105 of which is good arable land. There are twenty acres of orchard, bearing apples, pears, plums, prunes, peaches, figs, grapes, and English and black walnuts. There are thirty acres of alfalfa. Forty-five tons of prunes have been gathered from the orchard this year, and 2000 quarts of canned fruit were in the cellar when the place was purchased." 

10MR 232   


"My table is furnished with fruit in its season. For several months now we will have oranges, which we can get fresh from the trees. A few days ago Sara, Maggie, and your Aunt Ellen took the horse and carriage, and drove out about six miles, and helped to gather the beautiful yellow fruit. We 


purchased 28 dozen oranges. Several of our workers purchased some for themselves, besides what I got for the table. I also bought ten dozen lemons. Oranges and lemons are the only fresh fruit that we can get at this season of the year. By the time these are gone, early peaches will make their appearance. We will get them about Christmas-time.  {14MR 331.3} 

     Peas can be planted in this country so as to be yielding nearly all the year round. I have been using tomatoes since New Year's until about two weeks ago. Squashes or pumpkins we have in abundance. Vegetables grow well on this land, but we have not raised many because the land was not prepared for them. Vegetables, fruit, and bread, form our table fare. As we are educating colonials in health principles, we do not, under any circumstances, place meat on the table. Some of our present company are as pupils in a school, and therefore precept and example must be harmonious. Each year we put up not less than six or eight hundred quarts of canned fruit. We have peaches, apricots, nectarines, grapes, plums, and tomatoes canned."  

14MR 332