Sunday, March 08, 2009

Just watering on a beautiful day

The dust storms have calmed down for the moment, so when I got back from Mass I headed out into the yard to give the plants a nice deep watering.

The daffodils above are little miracles. I had bought some daffs a year ago last fall and not planted them. When I left for New Orleans at the end of April, my neighbor said she'd toss them into the spot where I had peppers growing the year before. They were already sprouting and she had never planted daffodils before, yet lo and behold, here they are! The little spot of green on the right is Italian parsley, a volunteer from the parsley that survived through an entire winter and all last summer.

Here is new growth on my Golden Shower roses.

New growth on one of my potato vines (which I hope will cover vast amounts of wall this year).

And another shot of Santa Rosa plum blossoms. The two plum trees were in full bloom this last week, during the strong winds. I don't know if insects even had a chance to cross-pollinate them. Time and chance happen to us all.

I loved the scent of wet cedar bark rising to my nostrils as I watered.

All the roses from previous years have new growth on them and one of the new iceberg roses has some too. I look forward to a beautiful summer of roses.
--the BB


it's margaret said...

Is this the same Santa Rosa plum brought into being by Luther Burbank in Sonoma County CA? They are DELICIOUS! Lucky you! --you know, it is rumored he also talked the spines off a cactus... never believed that one.

Paul said...

Yes, Margaret, that's the one and they are delicious. The ones last year were small (but just the second year of the tree) but tasty. I hope to water them to juicy wonderfulness this year. If they pollinated.

it's margaret said...

I'm an old prune-picker Paul. My parents did the urban retreat in 1972, so I actually graduated from Healdsburg High a few years later. We had 30 acres of the Santa Rosa plums, and 10 acres of the Imperial Plum. Our SR plums were mostly made into prune juice and other plum products. Our Imperials, which were bigger, and sweeter and juicer were usually destined for the dryers to be made into first rate prunes....

We never watered our trees, except in the spring and early summer. You get a higher sugar content without so much water late in the season --which is why these plums do well in the more arid places of the world. We used to get so much fruit that we would have to prop up the branches to keep them from breaking off the tree!

Blessings Paul!

it's margaret said...

PS --this variety self-pollinates. no problem there!