Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dwarf Peach Tree

Dwarf Peach
Prunus persica 'Bonfire'
(PROO-nus) (PER-see-kuh)

I don’t know too much about this genetic dwarf Peach Tree other than I like it every time I see it. I have always wanted to grow one but haven’t gotten around to actually buying one. Long thin burgundy leaves and peaches follow these flowers in the summer.

It is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and grows well in containers. I shot this at the nursery and should of bought the tree.

Yesterday when I got home from work I noticed my dog (Molly) was lethargic and a bit clumsy. It got worse after a little awhile and by the time I decided to go to the vet she couldn’t walk. We know she has cancer and all the signs were pointing to a bleeding tumor, as her gums were ashen white.

I got her to the Vet and lucky he was working late. A quick abdominal tap and blood count test confirmed our fears. Molly looked liked she was on her deathbed. Karen and I were serious contemplating a very difficult decision. The doctor decided to do another red cell count test a half an hour later. If was down that would be terrible, if it were up then there is a slight chance of hope. It was up and Molly seemed to be getting better, some color returned to her gums, she was drinking and looked a lot more with it.

We decided to take her home and she had dinner (a good sign) and is resting at my feet as I type this. We know we could have her for a few more hours, days or months at this point. I will gladly take any time I have with her. Today she is almost back to normal.

What an emotional roll coaster!

This is an Aloe flower picture that has been hanging around I thought I would go ahead and post it.


i beati said...

I did not know aloe had a flower ... love the peach !!!!!

Dragonstar said...

That dwarf peach looks a real beauty.

I'm so sorry about your dog. It's so hard to watch them fading. At this stage any time you have with Molly is an extra gift - I hope you have longer together than you fear.

Les said...

My nursery has sold 'Bonfire' for years and it is indeed a beauty, in flower and in foliage. The peaches it produces are not best left to the squirrels.

Sorry about your girl, I have been there before, and will likely be there again soon.

Mike said...

I'm really sorry to here about Molly. Hope everything else is well in your life. Great photos as ever.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Sorry bout your dog. Hope Molly is well now. I do have a question about that peach tree. I have one in my yard that was planted by the previous owner. It has beautiful fruit on it that smells heavenly. It's a dwarf white peach I'm told and it has the same burgandy leaves and the same flower you've photographed. My question the fruit eatable? It's so pretty and smells so great, we want to eat them. The birds and bugs haven't touched them though-which makes me think they must not be eatable???

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi anonymous,

Molly didn't make it but thanks for making me think about her for minute.

The peaches are edible on most varieties. A lot of people don't like them though.