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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fruit Tree Planting Before The Rain Starts

Here is our local Farm Supply out on Tank Farm Road in San Luis Obispo. They carry a real nice variety of fruit trees that are specifically for our area.Last year I got 2 apples trees from Apples of Antiquity. They are heirloom apple growers over the hill in Paso Robles. My Seek-No-Further Apple and my Pumpkin Russet apple really are suited for the east coast. It just doesn't get cold enough here. Not enough chill hours. I don't know why, but I actually got apples off those trees last Fall.So I guess I was just lucky.

This weekend John and I worked in the garden from sun up to sun down. We planted 2 cherry trees. One is called Royal Lee and and the other one is Minnie Lee. They need each other to polinate. The lady at the Farm Supply said they were a new variety and the people that planted them last year raved about them. Perfect for us here on the Central Coast of California. So I thought I would give them a try. I also got a peach tree. It is called Santa Barbara Peach.Again, ideally suited for our area.

We also planted a Liquid Amber tree by the french door going from the kitchen to the garden.I wanted it there so we can watch it through the seasons. I am really excited about having it there by the door and am looking for a lampost to go right next to it. The variety I got is called Palo Alto and it turns red in the Fall. There are several in our neighborhood, so I know it will do well here.

I also planted some red geraniums together with yellow violas going up the steps to our bedroom.

Yesterday I went one more time to Farm Supply to get some more climbing roses.I decided I needed a Cecil Bruner just cause it's so old fashioned. And when I got there I saw another climber called Night Owl. The flowers are a deep wine color and it is suppose to smell of spice.How could I pass that up?And btw...what is the deal with rose names.Lurking behind my Night Owl was Don Juan....and then came marliyn monroe, jackie kennedy, pope paul, betty boop, jimmy carter,julia child..wait...stop...did that say julia child? it did. now i have to have that one too...but lucille ball,donna reed,marcia brady..no thanks.

Our homeless kittys, Pixiegirl and Mumbie came later in the afternoon for their supper.Zacky Waffle was a no show for supper but was back for breakfast the next day.

So the heat wave is over...and the weatherman says rain is on the way. He says we are getting into an El Nino pattern here. Which means rains..and lots of it.Suppose to start tonight...and rain and rain and rain.....

So the flip flops are back in the closet, Buddy's fan is out in the shed...and we ate the last of the strawberries last night. Let it rain.


  1. Sweet Kary,
    I love hearing all those beautiful plant names. Much like Gladys Taber liked to peruse seed catelogues in the deep of winter, I like to come to your blog to get a glance at the flowers and flip flop weather.
    But rain sounds good too! Rain, aaahhh rain...it is so cleansing and refreshing. Enjoy it!
    Funny you planted red geraniums...my geranium that I brough inside before the first frost is finally blooming. So we are connected through red blossoms. Don't you love the scent of geranium? It's so humble and beautiful.
    Wishing you, John, and lil' Buddy beautiful rainy afternoons,

  2. You must have a large yard to hold so many trees. You will have quite an orchard some day. The roses you bought sound beautiful-wine colored that smell spicy, can you imagine that on a warm summer eve? Give my love to Buddy.

  3. I can't believe how green your garden looks right now. I would love to spend the day out in shorts digging in the dirt.

    I'm surprised that you got apples as well. Hopefully it will continue to next fall. It's funny that you're growing east coast fruit trees out west and I'm trying to grow citrus in New England....let's just trade homes.

  4. I'm glad you're feeding those kitties. I like to plant things so much! The maintenance of the stuff is tedious, but the planting is swell!

  5. Rain? I have to admit I can endure any weather, but rain. Keep your umbrella close and I will keep my snow creepers on my boots, what different worlds (but same interests) we live in. I love your orchard. For the past seven years I have been planting Donald Wyman crab apple trees, hardy and oh so fragrant! Country Girl mentioned Gladys Taber in her comment, I just adore her writings.

  6. Look at John go!
    And here it is raining now, just in time to settle in the trees into the soil. You'll be making clafouti before you know it, and with your own cherries.
    donkey in the pines

  7. Oh no, your pics are making me wish Spring were here. A tad disenchated with the snow and 20 degree weather in New England:-)

  8. While you are over at my place thought I would stop by yours; last Saturday I suggested to my friend Eric that we plant a fruit tree (I was thinking APPLE, yummy cider!) but he had his heart sent on a PEAR tree so get this, we bought a pear tree with 4 different varieties grafted onto one root stem, so that it will be self polinating etc etc (and 4 varieties of peach but 2 need COLD) and for the first time ever I learned about "chill hours"-- so hey good luck with those cherries, that need some chilling!
    Am loving the wetness around here, supposed to be thunderstorms tonight which would be great--keep Buddy safe and warm
    hugs Beth

  9. I love the kitties names...how did you come up with them? BTW...I sent you an email with the instructions on how to add The Animal Rescue Site icon to your blog. Good luck with it : )

  10. I look forward to some photographs of that tree outside your French doors. I do love violas...my little purple/yellow darlings are braving the freezing weather very well! This wasa delight...and I love your header!

  11. How lovely to be planting fruit trees! Best Wishes to them all, and for good rain!

  12. I love planting new fruit trees. Best time for planting trees here is November /December. So, I have planted 2 sour cherry trees and one plum tree few months ago. Now the soil is frozen and in spring I’m expecting first buds on these trees.
    Your garden looks lovely and you are so lucky you can be out all day long, enjoying warm weather.

  13. I love the way you write about your little world!

    I think I need a Julia Child rosebush, too! Were you seriuos about that? Course, I might have to get the Lucille Ball to go with it :)

  14. This is so great!I love your garden.It's so rewarding to see something you planted growing.You are giving life.Beautiful.Have a lovely day!

  15. ooo your garden is going to be lush when all these things take over and produce you vivid colours and fruit! Definitely reaping to sow here! :) xxx

  16. Hi dear Kary, Alice is curled in her basket, very tired after spending all afternoon chewing a hide bone & watching while I baked! So lovely to take a break for a cup of Earl Grey & a stop in SLO with you. How I would love to spend a day in my garden, have to keep saying 'it will happen' to myself! I have all my favourite seed catalogues marked with plans for the Spring & Summer, but in the meantime it's wonderful to visit your garden & see what's happening and smell your roses. Thanks for bringing sunshine & fragrance to snowy England! Love to Buddy & John and lots to you xoxo Rachel ps thanks so much for sweet comments on my blog - I get so thrilled to read them! x


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