Saturday, June 26, 2010

Persimmons, olives, grapes flowering...


There are five persimmon plants in our property...
One is a matured tree but the fruits are nothing to 'whoaa' about...
These are flowers from a young tree...
think this tree came about from seeds 'air-dropped' by crows...
Size of the flowers... maybe less than one centimeter...
they look so pretty, like inverted bells... 
We love everything about the olives...
The tree itself is ornamental, the fruits, so delicious when processed...
Planted three plants two years ago...
Two species... Manzanillo, with large fruits suitable for extracting oil and making pickles...
and Nevadillo Blanco, originating from Spain... is good for making olive oil...
Flowers are tiny...perhaps not even half a centimeter...
If luck is on our side, we should be having our first harvest in autumn...
Our potager is also home to several wild grape trees...
We are still eating the preserves made from last year's harvest...
Had them pruned to size and they are flowering very nicely now...

Been raining pretty heavily all day today...
which is excellent for my plants...
Am not supposed to be out in the garden, under such conditions...
But couldn't resist the urge...
I must be sick... garden-sick...
Moved some amaranths...
Nipped off some sweet potato slips for planting...
Straightened up some corn and tomatoes that fell over in the wind...