My garden has been full of blossoms the last couple of weeks. The grass has really greened up thanks to the top dressing of 18 bags of manure.
We have been harvesting from this raised bed every other day; I have lettuce, radishes, spinach and bok choy at this end of the bed, and asparagus at the other end. You can see the grape vines starting to leaf out in the background.
Here are my grape vines with new leaves and tiny grapes! I have grape vines along most of this wall (it faces west) except for at the very end, where I have an espaliered pear.
The blossoms of my espaliered Asian Pear are in full bloom right now.
My espaliered Asian pear. This is a 20th Century Asian Pear.
Here is the entire espaliered pear tree. It’s supposed to need a Bartlett to fertilize it. The Bartlett on the left is still dormant (and I will be removing it and letting the grapes continue to grow in that spot); the pear has been self-fertile and is quite vigorous; had I known that, I might have grown it it as a regular tree. It fruits well for me every year.
Backing up a bit; the fig on the right is just starting to leaf out. In front of the pear tree you can see two of the Biloxi blueberries that I planted this spring. They are very low chill and have had flowers on them for over a month. I have planted several flowers in front of and behind the blueberries as well. Hopefully this spot will make for a nice cutting garden come May.
Back up a bit more and turn to the left. I originally planned to add urns in the garden in this spot when I first drew out my garden plans (which is why there are no daffodils in the corner) and I just added them this week (years and years later, but a garden takes time). The urns are from Sam’s Club. I planted them with white carpet roses earlier today, and I ran 2 drip lines up inside each pot. I still need to connect those into the main line so that they will be watered with the daffodils and euyonomous hedges.
In the background you can see my raised bed that was in the first picture. We moved it in January to be touching the other garden beds. I’m really glad we did; the planter gets more sun and it has warmed up so much faster than the rest of the garden.
There is Swiss chard (this was planted last year, so it will bolt in the next month or so) growing inside the hedges. We have been harvesting from it all year. Behind Ivory and to the right of the peach tree is another Biloxi blueberry bush. I have poppies coming up in there as well. I planted a few new Swiss chard plants in there this spring to have for the next year; they are still rather small. I will be adding zucchini to this spot as well.
This is the apricot tree in bloom last week. I sanded and reoiled (with teak oil) the bench last week after I took this photo.
The pot by the bench with my .25 pansies.
This picture was taken last week. You can see that the Asian pear hadn’t quite yet opened yet, but the peaches, apple, and apricot were all in bloom. All of the daffodils are open now, and they smell wonderful.
On the other side of the garden, the lemon trees are budding. They will be open in the next couple of days; I love the smell of them! They will be wonderful and I’ll try to get some more pictures of those after they open.
If you live in Las Vegas and would like to come see the daffodils and the lemon trees yourself, you are in luck! I still have a few spots left for my garden tour/class this Saturday morning. It should be a warm 85º. Email me to reserve your spot at brandy (at) the prudent homemaker (dot) com if you’re interested in attending. The cost is $10 per person. We’ll be talking about raised beds, drip irrigation, dirt, pruning, bugs, planting dates for the desert, fruit trees and vegetables for the desert, and more.