My days of plum deprivation are numbered! Since my original plum tree died in 2010, after gifting us with luscious plums for 30 years, my garden has been barren of plums. But today the first blossom on the new plum tree opened. This is not, as I originally intended, a replacement Santa Rosa. Instead it is a Burgundy. Self-fruitful with a narrow growth pattern, I decided it better suited my goal of growing 3 fruit trees close together in the same space that the old plum tree inhabited. I plan to keep the trees to a height that will be harvestable from the ground. Gone are the days of debating whether it would be dumb to reach, high on the ladder, for that one more perfect plum. The answer is yes, no plum is worth the fall, and I will remain on the ground. In this blossom I see the promise of many years of juicy fresh plums and sweet plum jam. I can hardly wait!