You may remember Tillie, the odd person who came with our house– just like curtains and doorknobs. She tends to hibernate in winter but recently I’ve seen her lurking around and she was on hand today when the rhubarb crumble came out of the oven…
But speaking of rhubarb the row is a huge hedge this year (maybe the third year in the current location) but now I’m thinking of moving it again in the fall, no not because I’m crazy (stop it) but because gardens do evolve and the vegetable garden has evolved into having a little line of peach trees along the north side. And one peach tree is located in the rhubarb hedge.
To be fair I will say that when we planted the peach a while ago the rhubarb was just peeking up and there was a bit of space between plants but yes, I WILL move at least part of the row next fall, but not to worry, I move rhubarb more often than some people rearrange their furniture and I rationalize (or rationalise) that the plants benefit from a change of scenery and the challenges of growing new roots. (We all need purpose.)
Here are the others of the peach row which you will notice are not planted in the garlic bed or etc.
Now. The next new and exciting development in this neighborhood is a kiwi trellis, and the two new kiwi plants cutely called Fuzzy Kiwi –or Actinidia deliciosa if you prefer names that sound like a yummy disease.
And it takes two, just like people, so the tag (blue) said Male Fuzzy Kiwi (shown above) and the tag (pink) said Female Fuzzy Kiwi, and they are both doing swell, thanks very much to One Green World, a nursery where all sorts food-producing plants can be found including the most beautifully-rooted and healthy fruit trees ever. (Many of our orchard inhabitants, and the new peach trees, originated at that Oregon nursery, where it is also fun to see their electric car plugged into its charger unit outside the business office door…)
Someday I will show you the new kiwi trellis all awash in fuzzy kiwi-ness, but right now it looks quite stark and almost kiwi-free but I know you are a patient person and can wait besides you don’t have a choice, sorry.
So food production proceeds, and the tomatoes in the greenhouse are getting big while the weather continues to be chilly, just like every single other year.
I really meant to seed them later in the season this time but there was an inexplicable mix-up about the dates so that I thought it was later but then I found last year’s planting records (of course I keep records–I just lose them is all) and I discovered I had used the same planting date as last year, almost to the day. Gardening fate is what I call that and apparently there’s no bucking it.
I’m looking around at this blog post and I don’t see any flowers. Quick, here’s a daphne.
This is called Daphne tangutica or jolly round daphne. Well yes I made up that last name but the only common name I could find was “dwarf daphne” so something had to be done, especially since it doesn’t seem to me that it’s particularly dwarf– this one is at least 3 feet tall and almost 4 feet wide.
But it has a wonderful fragrance, is very possible to shape with pruners, and it has leaves and red-orange berries in winter, overall a wonderful plant that plays well with others.