[gardeners] Sunday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 21 Apr 2002 15:17:29 -0500

Just finished reinstalling the last of the closet doors (they are bifold pairs) after cutting 1/2
inch off the bottom to clear the new carpet. The first pair was a learning experience but the next
three sets went quickly. They were also scrubbed down as we have never had them down before and
they're hard to clean hanging.

This was done in between getting the last of the seeds for the season planted. There are some things
that are a priority you know. Miz Anne planted sweet corn and several different annual flowers while
I was sawing and cleaning.

I think the poppies have had it for the season, it's getting too hot for them now but they made a
brave show for a couple of weeks. Lots of doubles and "frilled" blossoms in nice colors. The
pansies, violas, and violets are still holding their own but they are in shade from about 1 pm on.
The amaryllis are still blooming, the cannas are done, the common LA iris is still blooming but the
exotics are about done, still a few red, bronze, and lavender iris blooming. The old roses are
opening more blooms each day. The ones near the front walk are covered with buds, with as many as 50
buds per stalk in one instance. They are slightly fragrant but bloom nearly year around.

The peach tree has set lots of fruit and we hope to get more than one peach this year. The Fuyu
persimmon is covered with odd looking blooms and tiny fruit. This is only its second year to bear
and the tree is only about six feet tall. Mayhaw trees have set some fruit but I am disappointed,
these trees are at least 15 years old and have never matured fruit. I'm afraid they are going to
have to come out this year, I've been lenient enough. Maybe they'll make good barbecue wood.

The blueberries, boysenberries, and raspberries are all blooming and setting berries. I'll have to
watch Sleepy Dawg when they ripen because she will surely sneak out and eat those that are within
her reach. If she can keep the birds out of them she deserves those she gets.

The grass needs cutting again but it's already too hot for us to get out there, maybe later. It is a
lovely day though, nice breeze, lots of sunshine, folks walking around the neighborhood with their
pets and/or children. We're lucky to live in such a nice area.

Life is good.