Friday, May 15, 2009

new skills

I am learning new things. This autumn is going to be about learning how to graft. I have splurged on new books.

The other day, while having lunch with my friend Robin, (you know, with the amazing old apple tree) we had the most luscious quinces for desert. Serendipitously the tree from which said quinces came from, is on her "to prune" list, so I have organised to get the prunings and will try and strike them, because well, because I can! It is a smyrna quince. yay.

Today Lesley and I were walking around my backyard looking at the fruit trees and well, Lesley is a REAL horticulturalist and she showed me the different between leaf buds and fruiting buds on the nectarine and peach trees. Even now in May, she pointed out how the little triple buds are flower buds, and the single or double ones are for leaves. And well, obviously for me to learn this, there much have been some triple buds on my new little trees. HEAPS of them. How clever. How MARVELOUS!

Also, I have three new holes waiting waiting for some new fruit trees. I have three pear trees coming, which will be planted all together in the one hole, and an angelina plum, and a santa rosa plum, and another apricot coming. Yes, I know, I am missing a hole. Not sure where the apriot is going to go. But I will worry about that later.

well, thats all for now.


Cheryl said...

Pear trees! Wonderful! Planting a couple or three pear trees is one of my goals for this year.

Valley View said...

Mrs DH

I know where there is a very nice tree growing, what I think are a heritage pears, the tree looks ancient. Luckily it's on the side of a country road. Remind me the next time I see you and I'll tell you where. We also have an old quince tree as well if you want a cutting from that as well.

The Duck Herder said...

ooh! that all sounds very nice!

Cheryl - what varieties will you choose?

And Mr BVVF, I will REALLY need to get to bee club so I can weazel out the address of that pear tree.

And if your quinces are nice, well, i would like some of that too please.