Thursday, July 20, 2017

The sacrificial pears

Sacrificial pears
1 month ago, 2 weeks ago, 3 days ago

I dread having to thin fruit but this year the nashi decided to take a break from last year's abundance of blossoms and produced only one cluster of flowers. That cluster turned out 5 perfectly shaped pears and from past experience we knew that either a few go, or we end up with puny fruit or nothing at all.

Well, the nashi must've done a happy dance every time we cut one off. From left to right: a month ago, 2 weeks ago, and 3 days ago. I just checked the tree and the remaining 2 are TWICE the size of the third one.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sunday outing at a lotus and water lily fair

Vivaio Hydrophyllum no. 9

Apparently all things to do with gardening are never quite over and done with (the last transplant went into the ground weeks ago) as long as there are events out there to catch your fancy. I had this one in Cittadella (in the province of Veneto and 2 and 1/2 hours away by car) highlighted because my first thought was "Water plants? Why not!"

Vivaio Hydrophyllum no. 3

Of course that was my garden-obsessed self speaking, because no matter what crazy ideas ran through my head, the MotH was not going to have a pond, however small, installed in an area known to attract frogs, toads, water snakes (harmless), and God-knows-what-else the dogs might kill and drag into the house.

Vivaio Hydrophyllum no. 6

Our neighbor had a fish pond within earshot of our bedroom; the toad that inhabited it would croak all night long. I'm sure my husband was ready to remind me of that if I had tried to argue the aesthetics of ninfea floating in a limpid man-made pool. To his credit, he was more than happy to mind the dogs while I occupied myself with taking photos. And we did come away with a few plants for cooking and eating.

Thymus longicaulis
Mediterranean Creeping Thyme

Purple-leaf korean shiso
Large-leaf shiso

Hemerocallis 'Frans-Hals'
‘Frans Hal’ daylily

Today's high: 31°C / 88°F