Re: [gardeners] Putting it by

George Shirley (
Thu, 11 Jul 2002 18:43:48 -0500

I am well and truly envious. Too bad we don't have a Star Trek transporter, you could send me over a
bunch of your excess fruit. Our persimmon lost all it's fruit early on as did the 20 foot tall peach
tree. The pear and the pluot both dropped their blossoms due to a late cold spell and the mayhaws
dropped their fruit for the same reason. The only thing that produced was the blueberries and we
only got about a gallon off of the four plants that are left. It is time to start picking the
elderberries though, I noticed they were ripening today. Almost time to make another batch of
elderberry jelly.

George, color me green with envy

Ron Hay wrote:
> Hello, George,
> I am finally back online with my new machine!
> Our apricot harvest is just about over, and the nectarine harvest is
> about to begin. This year, our tree was so laden with fruit...about 500
> or so...that we had to prop up its branches, one of which just plain
> gave way  day before yesterday.
> We tried to net it, but it is splayed far too wide for that, so we will
> just have to take our chances with the squirrels and birds this year.
> Next year, I think we will net it before the fruit grows so large, so
> that the net can, to some extent, contain the branches.
> The pomegranate is sagging under the weight of the fruit and so is the
> Fuyu (!) Last season we harvested 13 persimmons; but on the 4th, out of
> sheer curiosity, I counted the fruit on the tree's sagging branches: 205
> (approximately)!!! And the tree is only 8' tall!
> This  year our macadamia will give us our first real crop. It had
> flowers just about everywhere this whole past month, and flower
> production (foot long mauve racemes containing hundreds of petal less
> flowers) has just about subsided; I saw one new raceme forming this
> morning.
> It looks as if we will have a record crop of mandarin oranges, navels
> and blood oranges, too. I suspect our friends will hide and bar their
> doors when they see us coming this fall:)
> Our sudden blast of hot weather, up in the low 100s, had "crisped" our
> roses to a fare-thee-well, however, and require watering 3x week; but it
> has also caused our myriad green tomatoes to ripen, along with our 4
> varieties of eggplants:)
> One of the rose varieties we are most pleased with this year is our
> Flower Carpet Roses, which grow 3' wide and 2' high, and have proved to
> be a wonderful choice to border the sidewalk side of our front lawn.
> They are reputed to be disease free and extremely hardy, and also
> require no deadheading.
> Well, friends, I guess I have rambled long enough, deprived as I have
> been from the company of my online friends for the last few days.
> Happy gardening to you all.
> Ron