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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Daniel, you are correct about syringa, it grows wild in the forest. I want to bring more into to property around the house. There are no purple ones here. I will keep my eyes open when in town next month. It is still too early here.
I started some daylilies here several years ago for my daughter and they do fine. So does Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as lady's mantle. It propagates easily.
Geranium sylvaticum (wood cranesbill, woodland geranium) spreads nicely and is easily controlled here. It is a pretty magenta color.
Laura doesn't want me to plant any deciduous trees in the clearing because of fire risks.
I'm at that time now, that I was last year when I yearned for spring color. With the deer, rabbits, and other wild animals, we have to fence these specimens and she doesn't like the look of wire, net, or wood fencing. Neither do I, really. I am going to gather Kinnikinnick and other specimens from the forest.
Hostas are sprouting here too. I love them; they're my favorite perennial. Gotta get slug bait on them or they'll be goners.
Kathy, it could be a Rufous hummingbird. We have Anna's hummingbirds too, year round. Rufous migrate. Like other things, this one is early this year.
Peach trees are unusual in that they often have good peaches from seedling trees. They usually start bearing in about 3 years. They grow fast.
These are just cellphone pics and not very good. Gives an idea of our spring now. The hummingbird pic is especially blurry, hard to catch them and it's through the kitchen window.
We had a much wetter winter. I think temperature wise it was normal. The atmospheric river flowed this way, this year. Still very wet. I hope there are no more frosts.
Randy, the shipping is what gets me too. I wonder if it really costs that much, or is part of making the catalog prices look lower but recapping the difference in "shipping and handling". Those chestnuts I ordered, had expensive shipping too.
Home Depot had some packaged gogi bushes, really tiny. I gave in and bought two, too.
This year the only fruit tree that I bought, was a multigraft European plum from Raintree. They list 5 varieties, stating you get 4 of them but they can't say which 4. Mine wound up being 2 that I did't want so much, and 2 that I did. It had a big wound at the base, probably from machine processing or digging. I might have to graft a patch there. Fortunately I have a source for the patch. I was disappointed overall. Even though I don't know if it will even grow, I grafted scion from the scion fair, to one of the branches I didn't want, and another to a branch that I think was the base stock and wasn't one of the wanted types. That way I get something interesting if they take and grow.
There are people I give my surplus fruit too. Plus, we use a lot of dried fruit for breakfast cereal and for baking. Plums are really good that way. Also fig. Probably cherries too but haven't tried that.
Kathy, I hope your weather turns out nicer for the Spring and Summer.
Joan, I bet lilacs would like your area. They grew big in Ning's home town in Northeast China. It's bitter cold there in winter, and the winters are long. I imagine daylilies would like it too. They grow like crazy, here.
Since I couldn't find a plum tree locally, I ordered one, plus a pecan and a golgi bush. With shipping (like $28!), the three "trees" cost well over $100 (a birthday present to myself.). And unlike my storebought trees, they come bare root. I usually don't have as much luck with bare root.
I'm hoping both the pecan and plum are self pollinating, although I have a "scrub" plum in my yard and a neighbor 1/4 mile away that has two pecans.
I've had one golgi bush die several years ago, so I was hesitant to try another. If any of these trees ever produce fruit, along with my 10-15 other fruit trees, how in the world am I ever going to eat it all?!!! I guess I can give it to my farm kids to sell.
Randy, I was also surprised with the size of your new trees.
Kathy, what was your USDA growing zone before the rezoning?
One thing we know for sure about climate change is that nothing is normal, everything changes and into unexpected ways. For example, the jet stream is way off its normal path. That simple fact is that everything else changes.
Our part of the country isn't having the serious storms that other parts experience. That doesn't mean we will not have some very extreme temperature, up or down, it just means we haven't had them yet.
Given the changes in your weather patterns, what are you planting and how are they doing?
I am really nervous to trust our new zone 5 changing to zone 6. I am still planting as though a freeze will catch us off-guard. The round in the garden is still frozen an inch or two below the surface and I will wait until the top six inches are warm enough for the planting of seeds.
Seeds sprout in the greenhouse beautifully, but I keep a close eye on the night temperatures.
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