Monday, March 27, 2017

Tree Updates.
Yesterday I took pictures of my fruit trees, first the old peach in full bloom:
Then the apple, just starting to show its flowers along with leaves:
And then the plum:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring is Here.
The apricot tree has done its flowering thing:

The joung peach is in blossom:
The plum is showing nice buds:
And the old peach is doing its thing:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Apricot in Bloom.
A week ago today this is what the apricot flowers looked like:
The bees have been feasting these past days, and now the blossoms are fading.
The peach trees are next, and tomorrow I'll take a snapshot of the flowers.
The apple is giving signs of awakening.
The temperature has been 10 to 15 degrees above normal for several days and will continue through the week-end.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Greenhouse Improvements.
Instead of pots I will be using two long veggie boxes on the floor of the greenhouse:
Three pieces grace the space above the large trough, two sconces and an obsidian chime, all lovely gifts from a lovely daughter. When the windows are open the obsidian shards will chime their sweet sound. I will enjoy that.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Peach Grafts.
Last year it was March 1st when I grafted six scions to my volunteer peach (one made it). All my fruit trees were in blossom at the time. Not this year. Here is what each looks like:
This is the apple. Along with the plum, the last to flower.
 And here is the plum:

This is the old peach:
And this is the apricot, the first to flower:
So, I decided to do a three-way graft on the young peach:
and one can see how last year's graft is a nice branch now. I hope at least one of the new grafts makes it.
The garden keeps giving. Last week I harvested some arugula (here shown drying)

which I tossed in with campari tomatoes, capers, cucumber, avocado, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and Sicilian oregano. Wow.