Monday, May 25, 2009

What's blooming?

There are flowers everywhere. The dogwood finished, daffodils and tulips are long gone. The next wave is either "late Spring" or "Early summer".

More of "Edith Wolford" Iris.

The "Rustled Rose", grape-scent.

"Tamara" rose. 1st flower.



Red Poppies. The digital camera doesn't do justice with how red these really are. Seed grown, now in their 7th year.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Iris time.

Many of the irises are in full bloom. Here are a few.

"China Moon"

"China Moon"

"Pretty in Pink" (I think)

"Found Variety"

"Bumblebee Delite"

"Bumblebee Delite"

"Sunny Delight"


"American Classic"

"Edith Wolford"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tomato log

On cool nights, I bring the tomatoes inside. Two weeks ago I bought 4 larger plants at Tsugawa nursery. They were so lush and beautiful. I planted them right out in the bed. It's an experiment. We'll see if they start to bear before my own seedlings.

Currently the plants in the tomato bed are sulking. There have been several nights as low as the low 40s, last night was 49 degrees. Tomatoes should not be set out until the minimum night temp is above 50. It WAS warmer when I planted them.

My own seedlings in pots are catching up to the purchased ones. The race has begun!

Thinning peaches. Victory over leaf curl!

Peaches and other stone fruits often over-bear. Too many can mean they all fall off, no bearing the following year, and the peaches are too small and not as flavorful It's psychologically difficult to remove peaches, but they are in clusters as thick as grapes, so about 3/4 have to go. I started thinning using a scissors, but finally twisted them off. I probably need to thin some more, but I'll wait to see how these do.

Before thinning. Peaches are so thick that the stems are obscured. They look like fuzzy grapes.

After thinning. I quit counting after removing 200 tiny peaches. There are probably still over 150 on the tree. Since these are genetic dwarf peaches, the leaves are much closer together than regular peaches. Plus, the final peaches are smaller. So, I don't think that they need to be thinned to the same distances as regular peaches.

If I was superstitous I would not declare victory. But we are getting to the end of when leaf curl is a problem. Click on labels below to see what I did, and what they looked like this time last year. It worked! Not only did I not kill the peaches with the plastic bags and spray, but they look great! I have pulled of about 10 leaves with leaf curl, but that's nothing compared to last year. Today I sprayed with neem - not sure if it helps, but they are in with the roses and roses definitely benefit (decreasing aphids and fungal disease)

What's blooming?

Tall lilac (blue) in full bloom, bushy Korean lilac (maroon) not quite blooming. Wisteria about 1/4 open, the fragrance already filling the air.

Rhodies are in bloom everywhere.

Lilac, close up.

Not blooming, but very pretty. This is "bloodgood".

Strawberries in bloom. The gardens have strawberries as borders. Quite pretty at this time.