Sunday, April 27, 2014

Garden Progress in April

 Here's what's going on in the garden after some nice rain before we head into a scorcher of a week.
Several lavender plants are drawing various pollinators into the garden - hummingbirds, bubble bees, bees, and butterflies.
The plum tree is alive.  I thought it had been lost after it bloomed in the fall and produced leaves into the winter.  Those leaves looked awful and sad; but it bloomed this spring and produced some fruit.  Most of that fruit has fallen though.
Santa Rosa Plum
The peach tree got away from my pruning shears last year.  Once the fruit has been harvested in a few months, I'll work on slowly trimming it down to a manageable espalier.
O'Henry Peach
Good ol' Granny Smith looks like it is thriving and will provide plenty of apples at the end of the summer.  This tree had some problems with scalding a few years ago.
Granny Smith Apple
The Red Flame grapes were pruned a bit today by Farmer MacGregor.  He took down an unfilled Scrub Jay nest that distressed those nest builders.
Red Flame Grapes
The Warren pear tree never bloomed (AGAIN!) and the Fantasia Nectarine lost all of its fruit.  The Bleinheim apricot has had a few prunings so far this spring.  The fruit has a bit of cosmetic damage from the sun and wind.  Hopefully, it won't do a thing to the flavor.
Bleinheim Apricot
A few peas have started to develop.  I'm surprised since the heat came early.  Maybe I'll get a few to sample.
Wando Peas
Celebrity tomatoes have produced well in the past even though there is a nematode problem.  This year is no exception.  There is hope of homemade salsa.
Celebrity Tomato
Thornless boysenberries were covered with netting today to fight off the pesky birds.  This season may not be as bountiful as last.  If so, I'll blame it on my pruning.
Thornless Boysenberries
Serrano peppers are great stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with bacon.  They are also my pepper of choice for making salsa.
Serrano Peppers
Most of the irrigation is only twice during the week.  Basins are filled from the hose.  This method may encourage the roots to push deeper into the soil and not dry out as fast.  I may be wrong since so many encourage drip irrigation.  We'll see.


Donna said...

You certainly do have some progress going on there. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for some peaches this year.

dorothy said...

Looks like you will have plenty of produce in spite of the weather. I hope these few days in the 90's aren't too miserable for you. It's supposed to be 94 here today but is supposed to cool down considerably by next week. Crazy weather!

Deb Sickler said...

I have a friend who has a plant,we believe to be tropical. It has a large green pod that opened and shows a white phallic symbol. I am asking you what it is because when I googled it it had a picture of it with your name.I went through your blogs but could not find anything. It is under google images,first picture. Please help me name this plant.