Not a whole lot of winter to speak of, but still enough.
The peach tree in the back, the “Early Elberta” which got knocked out by frost the previous season is full of peaches. The peach tree closer to the house with the pink blossoms which I think is “Bell of Georgia” that got knocked in half by the falling limb is also full of peaches. One side of the repair is in full swing but the other side, the side that got knocked off doesn’t seem to be viable anymore. But I think the mere act of bolting it back together gave it the “bandage” that it needs to heal over.
This will be the first time the nectarines have really bloomed and there is a little fruit on them too.
Positively, for sure, there are pears on the pear tree this year. It only bloomed a little bit last season. It’s pretty big now though at least ten feet.
My persimmon tree was knocked over by the dogs and it’s done. I save scion wood and it’s in the fridge waiting for some root stock to be shipped from Virginia. The graft wasn’t a good one and some of the tape was still lodged in the graft. About a third of the trunk wasn’t even alive. It would have keeled over before long anyway. But it did put out two persimmons last year and I was happy with that tree. Hopefully the scion wood will take and we’ll have a lot of new persimmons.
The dogs also clobbered one of my apple trees that I got from Tom Brown, the Magnum Bonham. I managed to get two scions from what was left of it and I grafted those onto two of the apples that were large enough to accept them. So far I cannot tell if they have taken yet.
I pruned the blueberries back very hard in the winter and they have begun to wake up and they are growing again. Some of them are growing out vigorously and some of the others not so much.
The figs have come out very strongly and its possible this year we might get some figs. They enjoyed the mild winter. The pomegranates have also come back well this year too. Last season they looked a little iffy to start with and one died on me.
It looks like all of the hardwood cuttings I took last fall are going to make it. They’ve been out in sand all winter. They are mostly blueberry, but there is also some nectarine and peach too. Pretty much everything that I cut and stuck in pots and over wintered inside came thru, including figs, gooseberry, goji, valerian, and even the pepper plants. I re-planted the peppers in a bed that I extended out from where the hop vine is growing. The cascade hop overwintered fine in the mild weather and it is budding out. I also found another hop vine that apparently came from the original hop vine about four feet away. When I noticed the vine I pulled it and the root rhizome came out of the ground and it was about the size of a carrot. It was already sending up two vines each about a foot long. I re-planted it beside the mother plant and it seems to be doing well now. I’ve noticed now that there are at least five or six new vines coming up. The main leader is already nearly to the top of the fence! The little native persimmon that I planted from seed last season and transplanted out into the yard is back and really looking happy now. Nearly all of the chestnuts that I stratified in the fridge and planted out have now sprouted and they are around six inches already. Some of the comfrey is already in bloom.
The lads, Nipsy and Russell the two kittens we adopted last fall are getting big now, especially Russell. Nipsy is missing a leg so he hasn’t gotten as big so far. It’s been fun having them around lately. A pair of Nuthatches took up residence in one of the birdhouses and as far as I can tell the female is sitting now. I have not heard any peeps yet. Nothing took the house last year but the year before that a pair of Titmouse’s had four or five chicks. Baby, one of our remaining chickens whose always been lame and nearly died from an attack, dog or hawk we’re not sure, has started laying eggs again after about a year. She lived in the bathtub for two weeks convalescing from the attack. I never thought she would make it because of the severity of the wounds but she’s back! She still cannot walk very well. She does face-plants on a regular basis.