Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Orchard.

The fruit trees are producing this year. The Morris plum, planted last summer, has a few tiny fruit developing.

The Thundercloud plum. This tree was originally installed in the perennial bed. As it grew too large, I moved it last fall to the backyard. There are tiny plums forming on it as well.

There are peaches on the Belle of Georgia.

Figs on the rooted cutting from last spring. Probably a Celeste.

Strawberries are forming. Let's hope the critters let me taste a few.

Tent caterpillars. I saw their nests, high in the trees out back a couple weeks ago. They're all over the yard.

The blueberries are just starting to bloom. The blackberry should be next. Fruit will begin ripening in mid summer. My seedless grape vines are growing again, but have never produced fruit. Last year I did find a few tiny grapes, but they disappeared long before they were ready to harvest. Maybe this year.

It's 52 degrees. The high today will only be in the mid 60s. I might need long pants.


The Gaudy Garden said...

will you spray the peaches?

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Only if I have to Jim. I prefer not to use sprays in the garden. Right now, I'm seeing no pests, but I know the time will come.

Michelle said...

So many fruits already! Great work. I have been seeing lots of tent worms in the greenhouses too. Yuck.

sweet bay said...

So that's what I've seen crawling on my porch. I've seen a few of their tents in trees.

The wild Blueberries must bloom earlier. Mine just finished up.

David - Pinewood Cottage said...

Tom - i have bunches!!! of cast iron plant and it's not that - this plant looks like it comes from a bulb and only lasts one month or so. Anytime you want the aspidistra - let me know.

lkw said...

Wow, I'm impressed by the fig that's already developing, and I hope that fruits on your other fruit trees continue to do well.

It seems to me that we don't do nearly enough with plums in the SE (US). There are clearly good, easy care varieties out there (an elderly woman with beautiful plums at a local farmers market last summer said, oh, that tree has been there forever).

Hmm, I'd like a cutting!

Nell Jean said...

If you find a worm in your peach, Mama always said, 'He's a clean little worm, never been anywhere but in that peach.' Just eat around him.

The trees leaf out to form what Miss Julie calls 'The Green Cathedral.'

What I really wanted to tell you is that the cuttings I kept over the winter of the purple alternanthera are green with purple veins. I think they will turn dark soon.