Temperate Climates Kick Butt

This is the time of year when everything just sort of goes nuts. It's usually been raining like mad, and the weather is warming up, we're getting more light. This year the rainfall has been pretty low, but that's not holding any of the plants back in the garden.

I know you non-garden people find these posts really boring, so here's my warning to just sort of move on, because I have a bunch of plant photos.

The freesias have started to bloom.

Freesias in bloom

As have the peaches and nectarines (they bloomed first last year, too). I sprayed them with dormant oil to treat peach leaf curl this weekend; we'll see how well that worked.

Peach blossoms

Here are those tulips, opened up in the sun. They're a species tulip, so I'm hoping they do well in this climate.

Tulips in bloom

The quince is going gangbusters. I don't know how people can resist planting quinces, because they are so vigourous. Well, OK, maybe being pelted with hard, inedible fruit from a monstrously tall tree isn't everybody's cup of tea. At any rate, we've got leaves and perhaps a few flower buds.

Quince leafing out

Here's the overall garden. As you can see, we've got a nice mess going, with dog toys, flats, and pots all over the place. The fences are holding up nicely to the dogs' attempts to get behind them, which is good news for me. Rosie likes to eat tomatoes, so when I plant the seedlings I've started, I'm going to need more fence.

Overall garden view

And finally, the roses. They've been looking kind of scrawny, but the recent rain and warm weather had cheered them up. Now we have a bunch of leaves forming and these nice red shoots. I went looking for alfalfa meal this weekend, but the local hardware store didn't stock it, so I may wait until I have time to stop by the feed store.

Roses leafing out

I'm in the home stretch for this quarter at school, so posting will be a bit slow for the next couple weeks.

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posted by ayse on 03/06/07


"Well, OK, maybe being pelted with hard, inedible fruit from a monstrously tall tree isn't everybody's cup of tea." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Although I suppose it's not as unpleasant as my neighbor's fig tree which drops nasty, slimy overripe figs all over.
Thanks for the laugh, and the pictures.

Love the tulips! The garden looks like it is progressing nicely. As for the quinces (which sound yummy) try this website for some recipes (or just google "quince recipes"-you'd be surprised how many there are out there)! http://www.foodlovers.co.nz/features/quince.php
Watching your garden grow makes me really feel like spring is just around the corner!

Alice, we're putting in a fig tree, too (just haven't decided on variety). I'm sure that will be really popular with the neighborhood birds.

As for the quince, I'm quite fond of quinces, even the inedible ones (ours is actually edible raw). Quince paste with cheese, quince sauce on grilled vegetables, quince jam... basically anything you can do with an apple you can do with a quince, but not as sweet. And if you prefer a tarter apple pie with more crunch, a few thin slices of quince makes a really nice addition. I'm looking forward to getting more than two this year.

We have a fig tree hanging over the fence from the neighbor's yard... and we eat heavenly figs every day for two months. Bring out the step ladder. All that crap about life being so hard in medieval times? Man, if they ate ripe fruit fresh off the tree every day, the rest of it can only have hurt so much.

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