Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Yet another indicator of global disaster

The unnamed peach has flowered early this year, I think. I've missed my chance to spray against the leaf curl, and there will be fewer fruits this summer. I'd blame global warming, of course, but that seems somehow churlish: this pink, that blue are perhaps worth a dozen less peaches for the birds to peck at in December.

5 comments:

innercitygarden said...

Do you have a strategy for protecting the new growth against frost? I don't, and I'm not sure what to do about it, or if there is anything I should be doing...

zose said...

do you know, on a lengthy walk on a local main road with the kids the other day, my girlfriend and i noticed that the ornamental cherries planted for about 1km down this road, had begun blossoming before the leaves had finished falling.

a local frangipani is going for its 3rd round of blossoming and a jonquil bulb a friend of mine gave the kids
(and which I admittedly planted later than is recommended) has blossomed only 4 weeks after being shoved in the ground.

This summer is going to be a complete and utter bastard, in technical terms.

Jo said...

Just tried your cabbage and bacon recipe from a previous post (wilt cabbage, add fried bacon, apple - I used potatoes - walnuts, dash of apple cider vinegar). Everyone over the age of eight loved it. The eight year old picked all the tasty bits out and left the cabbage. The three year old refused to eat any of it, but graciously let it be known that she would eat a whole walnut if we cracked one for her. Which we did. Hysterics because the walnut came out in halves, not a whole. Is now in the bath digesting the half a walnut she deigned to swallow...luckily, because she is the fourth child, I know she will not starve, and that by the age of twelve she will eat everything put in front of her, at least when she is out...

Thanks for the recipe Kris, from more than half of us here!

Angie said...

The trees at our place are just as confused....it is really something to see the trees in flower with snow on the mountain behind them!

Kris said...

ICG: no stratgy actually put in place, due to severe dislike of running out at night in the cold. But a sheet tossed over new growth on trees and perhaps some large homemade plastic covers on smaller things. I have in the more committed past made these with just those plastic bags you get manure in.

Zose - I was talking to Jo, below, about just that very thing the other day; there're a lot of jonquils out here too. Hell in a handbasket, I say.

Jo - I'm regretting the hard decision of ranunculas over cabbages, now.