I decided to pick some crab apples from our tree this morning. When I was kneeling on the ground, picking from some of the lower branches I looked down and saw a number of ladybugs in the grass as well as a few crawling on my pants. It must be ladybug season. There are so many of them!
I am going to try my hand at crab apple jelly. I know that the apples on our tree are considered ornamental but there are so many that I figured I had better pick some or they will just rot on the tree/ground. They are such tiny apples. The biggest ones are about the size of a large cherry. I have cut into them and tasted them and they are sour, but not bitter or completely unpleasant. I imagine it will take a lot of apples, and a lot of sugar to make something palatable, but I am going to try.