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spring doesn’t officially land on the astronomical calendar until march 20th, but the garden, in response to the seemingly warmer than typical temperatures of late, is telling me otherwise this year.
isn’t it all so pretty? you should see it from the other direction, when the late afternoon sun and early evening sunset light up the newly emerging foliage like rubies.
and i’ve got a little extra glow because i was awarded this the other night:
gardening is a labor of love, no matter where you’re able to do it… happy march everyone.
yesterday the tamu holistic garden was hosting a fruit tree sale, so a friend picked me up in her fancy new truck and we headed to campus. they had several cold-tolerant species to offer including apricots, peaches, pears, persimmons and plums, and even some heat-tolerant apples. figuring that some of our citrus will decline due to our recent and current cold snap (yes, those posts need updating…), i think we’ll be able to find some room in the landscape for hardier selections.
the hort club acquired good quality bare root trees from a regional nursery. if you aren’t familiar with the benefits of planting bare root trees, see this resource from cornell’s urban horticulture institute. in general, bare root trees are easier to plant because 1.) you can see exactly where the root flare is, and not have to guess where the correct soil level is (b&b and container plants often bury this level, resulting in suffocated roots, but reason enough to rent an air spade), 2.) you can inspect the quality of the roots and prune out any girdling, wayward or broken roots without washing off the soil from the entire root ball (because really, who wants to give a tree a bath time you plant one?), and 3.) you don’t have to dig a huge hole to accommodate the root ball (in this heavy clay soil? where’s my mattock?). they’re even easier to ship and move around:
now all i have to do is find the right spot for the methley plum, kieffer pear, ayres pear and black spanish grape i acquired… move over, crape myrtle, your time has come…