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post #71 of 82 Old 06-25-2019, 03:09 PM
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I have to net all of our soft fruit bushes to keep birds off and I think maybe small rodents eat them too. This year one of my two gooseberry bushes has just died and so has the big blackcurrant which is depressing because they were grown from bare root and I canít find any local already growing replacements.
The deer have started eating the lower branches of the young pear trees but the spray seems to put them off.
Rhubarb is a big fail in my garden.
I wish that Rosemary and Fennel were perennials here but they canít tolerate the winters.
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OK, as promised, I am posting photos of my back garden in summer mode. The Death Star seems to be hovering just inches over our heads, and the Sahara is kicking up lots of hot air and dust. Today is 37ļC (upper 90'sF) and we will be in the 40's (over 105F) starting Thursday. We have had no rain since March.

So, logically, my garden is in summer dormancy. Here our native plants completely dry out and look dead, and non-natives are only able to survive with drip irrigation. The plus side? Nothing grows, so weeds don't either.


Looking east (notice unfinished, abandoned house with no windows - thanks to our ongoing economic crisis):

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Looking south, with Cookie and Trufa - you can see oleanders on the fence and two-feet-high olives trees towards the right:

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Looking west, with sail on pťrgola until wisteria fills in:

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Also looking west, with my experimental drought-resistant garden in the foreground. "Experimental" because the plants are all drought-resistant and started from cuttings, so I have not installed drip irrigation, and we'll see what survives. I feel like you can really feel the heat in this photo.:
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@SueC , I did not realize that it was a barbecue-type tomato sauce! When don't eat barbecue sauces here, so I have never heard of that before. Must try. Love your little propagator, but we have a major wind problem here (think Don Quixote and his giants), so I need to figure myself out something more substantial.
Yeah, we live in a wind tunnel ourselves and often get gusts to 60km/h; in really bad winter storms it gets up to 100km/h. So I had to put my mini-greenhouse in a relatively sheltered spot, and tie it down really well - it tipped over frequently before I did that. So, I've siliconed the whole frame together at the stick-in joins, and the top arch is suspended by rope off the patio beam, while the legs at the bottom are securely roped to the main trunks of the lavender growing immediately behind. This has been most helpful in keeping things stable in winds up to 60km/h, but when stronger gales are forecast, I move the trays indoors and take the cover off the greenhouse for the duration. Thankfully that's only a handful of times every winter.

And precisely because our winds are so harsh, my garden does so much better when I start seedlings, including peas, in the greenhouse, and transplant them when they are relatively advanced, sturdy plants. It also stops bugs and slugs gobbling the seeds or sprouting plants before they have a chance to get off the ground.

By the way, I think the American term for something similar to the BBQ style tomato sauces is ketchup.
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Saw the first of the wild strawberries out in the lawn yesterday. They are very tiny, about the size of raisins, but they are the most strawberry-tasting strawberries you'll find. So intensely flavored. It's rare to get to them before the birds do so it's a special treat to find them.
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Since I'm getting buried in cucumbers I'm trying to make some Hamburger dill chips, I did them in a hot water bath so they last longer. I hope they turn out. And for good measure I did a jar of spicy dilly beans. Everything in the garden is doing good... I went to the feed store the other day and they were selling 4 packs of plants for 17 cents so I grabbed a few... they don't look too good but wanted to give them a chance.
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I gave up growing cucumbers because we couldn't eat them fast enough, when we had hens in the UK I used to throw them in to them but we've never gotten round to having any here.
I did try the pickled thing one year but it was an epic fail!
Asparagus has been good this year and I made 4 jars of strawberry jam last week

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You've really made an oasis, @Spanish Rider , and in very harsh conditions. I love the photos!
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I love this tree but they grow so fast here my DH moans about it all the time because it creeps over the lawn and the little manege
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What exactly is it, @jaydee , and where is it native to? And what's it like in flower?
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What exactly is it, @jaydee, and where is it native to? And what's it like in flower?
Its called a Dappled Willow in the US, I think we just called it a variegated salix or variegated willow in the UK. Its Latin name is salix integra
Its Japanese in origin
The flowers are like a lot of tree flowers - non existent in terms of appearance! The beauty is in the colours of the leaves.
The one I had in the UK never grew above 4 feet and it took it years to get there but I'm pruning the two I have here back a couple of times a year, with help from Willow the horse who likes to snack on it when she can get in the manege, and they just rampage on, upwards and outwards!
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