Late spring is one of my favorite times of year, because now is when the two plum trees in the back yard produce staggering amounts of fruit. The little Santa Rosa plum tree makes fruit that are somewhat firm with a nice tartness, although it's apparently on dwarfing rootstock and not terribly productive. The other, a Methley plum, is full-sized and makes oodles of super-juicy fruit with almost no tartness outside of the skins. The kids eat fresh plums until they don't want to see another one, and even the beagles help themselves to dropped fruit--fortunately, they seem to content themselves with licking the juice and not swallowing the pits. Here's one of the Santa Rosas, ready for picking.