Monday, April 7, 2014

Prop & Swap Fun Will Overcome Winter Blues!

This has been a rough winter and early spring.  Even our southeastern, ocean and bay protected, moderate area of Virginia was hit by repeated late freezes (not frosts, mind you - freezes) and the damage is still depressing.  We won't know until later this spring what plants will releaf and recover and/or how far others have been killed back.

Our bay tree (Laurus nobilis), growing wild and free at the edge of the property, has survived many "cold" winters - until this one.  Looks pathetic, doesn't it?  We'll see what changes over the next month.

Same, same for gardenias almost 20 years old and "marginal" plants like the Pineapple Guava.  Survival on the P. guava (Feijoa sellowiana) is largely a measure of how protected they were, out of the winds on the south side of the house.

Ditto the Loquats (Eriobotrya japonica).  No harvest this year but the trees will survive.

On the bright side, speaking of the Loquat trees, the seeds that I planted last fall and overwintered sprang to life with great joy and have turned into a wonderful set of  seedling trees for the library's "Prop & Swap" plant propagation and plant swap meeting next Saturday!

I think I'll have enough to give to every gardener who wants one!  They are sturdy, healthy-looking little trees and very fast growers - although they maintain a very reasonable adult size.

Evergreen, fragrant flowers, bee food in the off season and delicious fruits - what's not to love??

Below is a photo of the mother Loquat.
Possibly my favorite tree on the farm!  And this is a November shot!

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