I love to see the trees flowering -- beautiful now and messengers of the delicious fruit to come. At our place the first to bloom are these young, strong plum trees. One a local favorite Santa Rosa Plum and it's companion a slightly more rare and incomparably delicious, blood red Elephant Heart Plum. It's our own back yard tribute to Northern California plant man Luther Burbank. Botanist, horticulturist, and agricultural scientist Burbank developed more than 800 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers at least one known to millions of Americans -- the Burbank russet, the very potato McDonalds fries up every day. Plums were in fact a particular specialty and since James moved the swing into this carefree spot we keep these two of Burbank's progeny company many a spring afternoon.