Sunday, April 14, 2013

Augusta West - Not

It's time for the Masters' Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.  That golf course is famous for its azaleas.  My garden is not.  In 2009, we planted a bunch of camellias and azaleas in the garden.  Wrong.  They did bloom, but then they went kaput!  Only one azalea survives today.  Thriving in their place are thornless boysenberries
 George L. Taber Azalea
Garden Update:

Tomatoes (Better Boy):  Farmer MacGregor could not imagine a summer without homegrown tomatoes.  So rather than solarize the raised beds to eradicate the nematodes, he opted to plant a variety resistant to nematodes.  This is what we grew last summer in another bed. Planted last week.

Bell Peppers (Golden Bell):  Three plants should be enough to take us through the summer. Planted today.

Hot Peppers (Serrano):  Pepper poppers are a favorite around here.  MacGregor also prefers home grown salsa. So...Serranos were planted today.

Note:  I still cannot bend so Farmer MacGregor has taken on the task of planting.

Nectarine (Fantasia):  What's nibbling on the nectarines?  Ants?  Grasshoppers?
Fantasia Nectarines
Espalier:  All the espalier fruit trees (except for the Granny Smith apple) had a spring pruning.  Nothing too heavy.  The leaves are necessary to prevent scald.  The most vigorous growth was on the apricot and plum trees.

3 comments:

daisy said...

Sounds like the garden is progressing nicely.
Enjoy your week!

dorothy said...

I think 'George Taber' must be the hardiest of azaleas.
Mine faces full sun and has been blooming in the same place for at least 25 years!

Aunt Snow said...

We put in some container tomatoes, because - surprise, surprise! - after 26 years of marriage to a committed non-gardener, I have found my husband replaced by some kind of disguised imposter who is interested in home grown tomatoes!