A Belated Answer …

04 Oct

Some time ago, last Spring, to be precise, I published a post of the blossoms on the flowering crabtrees outside my windows in the courtyard. In response to the questions from some of you  as to what would be the result of these blossoms, i.e., what fruit would develop from them?

This post is an attempt to answer that question; the only added ingredients being time,  sunlight, and rainwater. These pics are of the resulting fruit, i.e., crabapples. They are the “parents”, as I understand it (don’t put too much credence in the extent of my botanical knowledge, here), of all the marvelous varieties of apples that we find in our markets today. These, however, are basically inedible, being very small (none of these are bigger than ¾ of an inch, and most much smaller than that) and extremely tart and astringent … real mouth-puckerers … requiring large amounts of sugar to even make a decent jelly.

So, here they are … I hope this has been sufficient explanation:





And there they are, folks … not too many, but frankly, that many shots with the camera pointing up at a branch against a featureless blue sky ain’t all that exciting … and the mild stroke I suffered in Hospital last year kinda makes me a little dizzy, like … looking up like that … so I didn’t shoot all that many. Anyhow, these will do, I hope.

Cheers, all … and enjoy!



Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


12 responses to “A Belated Answer …

  1. blackcalla

    October 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Nice shotes dW. I know what you mean about looking up. Keep at it though–best thing for you,.

    • derwandersmann

      October 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks, Merle … I appreciate your comments.

  2. Darko

    October 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    If you didn’t explain, I would think they are cherries. Not bigger than that anyway 🙂

    • derwandersmann

      October 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Right you are; they do resemble cherries. I’m sure you’d notice the difference at the first taste!

  3. evawiren

    October 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Very nice post and pictures. We say here they are nnot eatable no one picks them. I think they are beautiful and we for sure need the colors the bing in both spring and fall. This is very nice thanks for sharing

    • derwandersmann

      October 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      They are consumed by the birds, especially when they have dropped to the ground and start to ferment … the birds find that being drunk is very pleasant, and it is amusing to see them staggering about on the ground, too drunk to fly, and stumbling and falling down.
      That sight is not very common here, where the lawns are mowed every week, and cut too short, at that.

  4. pam

    October 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Always wondered what crabapples looked like. Didn’t know they were so small. Nice pics though.

    Hope your are much better after the stroke. Be careful with that looking up. I have a problem with arthritis affecting the first three vertebrae. If I’m not holding on to something and I’m craning my head back too far, I’ll almost fall backwards… I don’t do that too much.

    • derwandersmann

      October 15, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Sounds like a good activity to avoid, all right! I have a tendency to avoid it, too. Also, walking on uneven ground, if I’m trying to look at something else. It’s almost like the old description: “he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.”

      • pam

        October 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

        Yes, exactly. The trailer I live in now is slightly uneven and is swear it moves when I walk in it. I have to keep my hand on the wall or furniture going from one room to the next. At least there are no more stairs like in my daughter’s house in Fargo. Only three steps to get inside. But this place isn’t ideal either. Such is life. I will survive.

  5. derwandersmann

    October 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I hear you … this place is fully carpeted, and it feels spongey under my feet. That doesn’t help, either.

    Taken all-in-all, I breathed a sigh of relief when I learned that you’d left Fargo. That martinet of a daughter of yours was really making you unhappy, and with people like that, it’s best to get out, granddaughter or no. Funny how one’s own offspring can turn out so different from what we thought we were raising.

  6. biesikbeztuby

    October 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Hellic nice photos.

  7. Jill

    November 2, 2016 at 10:59 am

    “Last year” is a good distance away and it is wonderful that this autumn is much different for you(even if you get dizzy looking up) 🙂 Crabapples in the spring are nice to feature, as well- when they are in bloom- so dreamy…


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