Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nasturtiums, Wisteria, Strawberries, Grapes

DSC_1107_3504 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.DSC_1091_3488 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.DSC_1103_3500 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.

DSC_1114_3511 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.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful pic's thanks for sharing. I planted Sweet peas (Old Spice variety) they smell heavenly. Good luck finding your variety!

Anonymous said...

Both the flowers and (young) leaves of Nasturtium have a sharp, piquant flavor that reminds me of watercress. I really like them.

Helen B

Anonymous said...

Nasturtium blossoms are very yummy. They add a peppery flavor to your greens. Pansies are also very to the blog and like it very much