Nasturtiums continued to grow through the winter; but I need to plant some dwarf seeds beneath the fruit trees. Nasturtiums are supposed to ward off borers. I’m looking for Princess of India seeds. No luck so far.
I’ll probably end up buying whatever the local hardware store has in their wire racks. I’ve never eaten nasturtiums…at least not intentionally. The buds on the wisteria are beginning to swell. There’s an old, transplanted vine along with a new vine that was planted as a bare root in 2009. If the wisteria bloom in concert with the lilac, citrus, and sweet peas, the fragrance should be outstanding. There is a dove nesting in the fern baskets hanging below the vines. The strawberries need to be thinned out and given new homes. The plants are spilling out of the confines of the cinder blocks. They have done tremendously and are starting to produce berries. The Sweet Pinkie variety was planted in March of 2009 as bare root stock.
The Red Flame grapevine is showing signs of life at the very top of the arbor. This cane (the longest) will remain while the other will be pruned to direct all the growth energy to just one cane. Amazingly, there were grapes produced on this vine that was planted in 2009. I look forward to enjoying more of the fruit than the birds this year.
There’s loads more poppin’ in the garden. These were just some weekend observations.