Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Serviceberry plant

This is my serviceberry plant purchased at Gazebo Gardens in Fresno. They only had 4 serviceberry plants, 2 named Smokey and two unnamed seedlings. I could only get 1 at the time. They are supposedly like blueberries so I think having 2 different varieties would improve yields. Blooms are nice.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cheap Trees and Shrubs

A friend told me that Grocery Outlet had some cheap berries. I thought to myself, they probably have one variety of a few different types, so I never looked... Then I found myself there trying to exchange a propane tank and saw that they had some pretty good stuff. The plants are young but they seem healthy. I found a pomegranate that I have been wanting called "Parfianca" and it is supposedly the best tasting of them all. I was very surprised to see it. They had lots of things I wanted to try but I only bought this. I wanted to check out if it was a legit nursery. We will see, but not for a couple years.

Pinkerton Avocado

This is my first of at least 3 avocado trees that I would like to have. Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery told me that I could have avocados ripening year round in Fresno with a combination of three varieties planted near each other for pollination. These varieties are Pinkerton, Haas, and Reed. The tag on this Pinkerton says that it needs protection below 28 degrees, so I bought it at Orchard. OSH has a Lifetime Plant Guarantee so if it dies, they'll replace it. I immediately copied my receipt and filed it away. I was told that once it is mature it can survive the cold here and just get frost burned. I purchased it in the fall and thought that there wasn't enough time to plant it before the freezing temperatures came. It is blooming right now and I don't know if it is normal for this variety to bloom in January or if it confused because it is indoors.

Our first artichoke!

I have abused this plant for 2 years. I thought it was dead twice.