Re: [gardeners] Apricot city!

George Shirley (
Wed, 19 Jun 2002 09:44:33 -0500

I envy you your fruit trees, what with bugs, climate, birds, and squirrels we get little fruit from
our trees.

Brugmansia, aka Angel's Trumpet, grows well here and many folk have trained into a tree shape. They
look very nice with the huge flowers hanging down. I have seen the common white, pale yellow, and a
rose colored one in our neighborhood. They tend to freeze back but generally come back in the
spring. HTH


Ron Hay wrote:
> Good morning, George,
> Sorry I have not had much time lately to write, but between work, the
> garden and the repiping of our house, time has been in short supply.
> Right now our tomatoes are still in the very green and growing stages,
> but growing they are! So are our eggplants and tomatillos.
> But the star of the show at the moment is our apricot tree, which even
> during its off year, is providing us with about a dozen ripe 'cots a
> day.
> This year we used last year's net for the apricot tree, but found it not
> large enough, after Vivian had laboriously strung it over all the
> branches. Result: squirrels are getting in to get their share this year,
> but we still have a nice amount to enjoy and to give away to friends and
> neighbors. I've yet the find people barring their doors at the prospect
> of tree ripened apricots:)
> Our next project will be the nectarine, which is so loaded it is hanging
> over the garden wall into the neighbor's yard, and sagging to the ground
> on our side that we have to construct crutches to keep the branches up.
> What a delightful predicament. I just hope we can net it well enough,
> with our newly purchased much larger net, so that we can can some this
> year.
> Do any of your have experience with angels' trumpets (brugmansias, often
> mislabled as daturas)?  We were given several cuttings by a friend who
> has just opened up a brugmansia nursery in Rainbow, CA, down by
> Fallbrook, and the young plants are already growing enormous. I am told
> that one should pinch off the side shoots to prevent them growing into
> bushes, which I have done; and the upshot is that they are really
> shooting up, with huge leaves and thick stems, a far cry from the little
> twigs our friend gave us.
> Well, I need to get ready for the plumbers, who should reattach our
> dryer and finish patching today, so I will bid you all a fond adieu for
> now.
> Have a wonderful day gardening!
> Ron