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Im an inlander

It occurred to me that, so far, the planning and establishing of our Grabov Rat garden was driven more by farming logic than aesthetic principles. Maybe it is because we were in a hurry to plant trees and evergreen bushes, they take time to grow (and we would like to harvest them!), and well introduce some lovely and fragrant annuals every year, eventually. Maybe, well, okay, we were very enthusiastic on our first figs (five fruits on two out of three fig trees this summer!) and I was really sorry to leave unripened ziziphus fruits in mid-September. Our Zizyphus jujuba [Croatian: žižula or čičindarica] looks very prosperous in its first year after planting, so some locals say (see the photo on the right).

Weve planted the ziziphus tree because of my wifes underlying nature, she is a Dalmatian - Im an inlander of very limited knowledge on Mediterranean fruits and plants in general. Of course, I have to admit that I never tasted an ziziphus fruit. Never before last Saturday, that is: during our visit to Santa Cruz, California we bought some fruits and vegetables on the farmers market there, ziziphus among them (see the photo below).

In a way, that fulfills the proverb: Harvest comes not every day, through it comes every year.

chinese jujuba (Zizyphus jujuba) from the farmers market in Santa Cruz, California (Oct. 21, 2006)

Zizyphus jujuba in our Grabov Rat garden (Sep. 14, 2006)

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