Fall was for Figs...
Our 3-year-old fig tree (3 years since we planted it) is producing figs - and very delicious ones at that. We think they may be Celeste. The tree was so weighted it broke some branches, so we intend to replant it this winter. (It's currently in a large terracotta pot.)
New Vegetables This Year We successfully grew Garbanzo Beans (purple ones!) and
Tomatilloes were also an experiment. While they were delicious we couldn't use them all. I tried them as addition to soups and stews - anywhere a tomato might be welcome, but there were still too many. Also the plant was HUGE blocking light to the eggplants. Next year I may pass on tomatilloes for their smaller cousin the ground cherry.
We tried a patch of corn this year.
The small cobs of white corn were great but the bi-colored were terrible. This was the most successful crop we've ever had...Jack gave them extra water almost every day.
Spring's New Additions
2007 - Six new Roses for us from David Austin Roses: Huntington Rose - AUSjive (the smallest of the new additions with double pink flowers) Lady Emma Hamilton -AUSbrother (Coppery peach - I've paired it with Pat Austin) Charles Rennie Mackintosh - AUSren (Lt pink/lilac flowers and tall form) Benjamin Britten - AUSencart (red flowers with a touch of orange & intensely fruity fragrance. I've planted it near Pichard)
The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild - AUSijus: Pink peony-like flowers - tall form - hardy with large flowers. Ferdinand Pichard (Hybrid Perpetual/ Bourbon) - Bushy with 2-tone red/pink flowers and fragrant, bred by Tanne - an old rose.
Asparagus Our last years' plantings are sprouting and we planted eight more bare roots this year. Fingers crossed that someday we'll have enough for dinner.
Two new additions to the herb garden: White Currant and Black Currant (as I didn't have another spot). The white currant has berries on it! The sorrel is doing really well.
The passion flower vine with a happy visitor in June. The vine grows over a small arched trellis.
Two Wild Plum Trees started producing for the first time (they are/were hidden under a big oak tree). I think the yellow plums are a true wild plum here in No. Cal., but the red flesh ones I think may be Santa Rosa Plums.
The first lilac we planted in our garden is in bud! Yippee! It turned out to be a variegated white and purple one. Surprise!
Peas en Masse
Fava Beans in April
Golden Delicious Apple forming
Our 25+ year old Lady Banks Rose (White) Rosa Banksiae -We didn't plant it but I suspect it may be alba-plena. It only blooms once a year but for a month or more, it makes the most gorgeous wedding bower shape.
A pacific iris in full flower in April 2007. A short lived bloom but lovely.
The Mint patch in April.
I have probably planted a dozen different mints here. Probably 5 or 6 survive. My favorite is the Ricola Mint. I planted the White and Black currants here. We had a number of white currants which Trent happily gobbled but no black ones this year. I will plant two more in 2008.