|The Back Yard in July|
(taken at 10:40 a.m., from the patio)
"It's not fair", complained the back yard, "She's always taking photos of the front yard." So, this morning, I took some pictures of the back yard, but, I didn't realize just how much the sun would bleach out the colors.
These are the two newest plants I've acquired in the last couple of weeks:
|West Indian Lemon Grass|
|Pineapple from a Rooted Top!|
I had given M the money to buy me a bag of potting soil and the lemon grass plant and he gave me the pineapple top he had rooted and potted up. I use lemon grass in my cooking. These two plants are being sheltered under the patio roof overhang.
Out in the garden, the vegetables are trying their best:
I'm down to three zucchini plants, now, with the fourth plant consisting of just one leaf! This year's plants are not producing as well as last year's plants did (a different kind), although M said he's harvested quite a few squash from his plants. I think his garden has a different micro climate than mine! Or, he just waters his plants more than I do!
The two tomato seedlings that I grew from seed seem to be picking up after being wilted for the heat. I'm hopeful that they will grow and produce some tomatoes - I've no idea if these are from Roma tomato seeds or Early Girl! I forgot to take a photo of the "wonky" tomato plant M got on discount, but, it is still growing, too, under the moringa tree.
|Moringa Leaves and Flowers|
|Moringa Leaves and Flowers|
And, with the help of the bees and the hummingbirds that visited the flowers, it has started to set pods!
|Moringa Pods Forming|
Both M and I cheered when we saw the first signs of pods forming!
The fruit plants are coming along, too:
The passionfruit vine has yielded four ripe fruit, so far and there are another four, maybe five fruits ripening on the vine, still.
The peach tree had a smaller crop, this year, and the nectarine tree didn't have any fruit, but, they are both alive and well and, hopefully, both with produce well, next year!
The avocado plant had some leaves scorched during our recent triple digit days, but, new leaves are emerging and I think it will continue to do well. It has a long way to go before it produces any fruit, but, I'm happy to have it in the garden because I grew it from a seed!
The blueberry bushes have more or less finished producing their berries (I picked three ripe berries this morning, but, I think they were the last). They seem to be happy in this spot under the patio and I don't want to move them. I might have to get them bigger containers, next year or the year after!
|Volunteer Lemon Plant|
The volunteer lemon plant (probably a sucker growing from a root of one of the bigger lemon trees) and the apple seedling I grew from an apple seed! I'm surprised that the apple seedling survived the recent heatwave, but, it seems to be doing well!
|Asian Pear Tree|
My Asian Pear tree, with its four types of Asian pears grafted onto the main trunk! I planted it (well, M planted it for me) last year and we had a total of seven fruits from it. This year, it looks like we might have a few more! They are all rather small, right now, but, I'm hopeful that they will continue to grow and ripen without any mishap!
As for flowers - there aren't many, as I am not focusing on them.
|Very Sorry Looking Guara|
|Light Purple Osteospermum|
|Pale Pink Oleander (which looks white here)|
There are also some gazania growing near the persimmon tree and plumbago near the shed, but, that photo didn't turn out well, at all! Too much glare from the sun along the side wall!
The green plants in the foreground of the photo are a mixture of day flowers (Commelina variety) and gazania.
And that is a tour of the back yard in July! Hope you enjoyed the tour and the sun was not too strong for you!