Finally, yesterday evening I ventured into my Chula Vista garden. It was overgrown with weeds as it had received multiple watering a day due to some glitch in the irrigation controller. We came home from the airport at midnight to find the irrigation on, then running again at 3 am when we went to bed and at 8 am in morning!! What will my water bill be this month?? Irrigation is now turned off for the rest of the week to allow the ground to dry off.
The good new is the fruit trees are doing fine. I will let the pictures speak for themselves while I dine on some delicious Mission Figs :)
|Black Mission Figs|
|A very reliable and prolific producer of Figs|
|Thompson Seedless Grapes|
Persimmon are mainly still green in color and starting to grow larger.
Curry leaf plant branches inter-twine with Persimmon branches. The Curry leaf plant is now about 12 years old and has naturalized in my Chula Vista garden. It maintains its leaves year round but is less aromatic in the colder months. It is old enough now that it setting out young plants at the base.
|Two young curry leaf plants at the base of the mother plant|
|Beautiful Passiflora and young fruit which will turn purple when ripe.|
Dragon Fruit plant flower is so beautiful. Each year the plant flowers but no fruit sets. Maybe, this is the year we will actually get Dragon Fruit.
Manila Mango seems happy to give me some fruits each year despite my shoddy treatment and neglect.The base of the tree was surrounded by weeds.
|Dried blossoms and little mango fruits|
|Two mango that set fruit earlier|
Strawberry guava reliably pumps out fruits despite being choked by the Ivy Geranium that has taken over a huge section of the side garden.
The Ivy Geranium had grown over the Bougainvillea, the Strawberry guava and is now spreading its flowering arms towards the Mango tree. When I finally get to trimming it back I should be able to get some nice Geranium cuttings.
Due to extreme hot weather the Pomegranate had a lot of flower and fruit drop. There will be very few fruits this year in the Chula Vista garden.
|Not as many fruits as last year.|
I was very excited when my Lychee set many branches of fruits. But mother nature was against me. During a rain storm branches another tree fell on it, splitting my tree in two :( This is the remaining part that of the tree and so far the fruits have stayed on. Hopefully, we will get a bite or two.
My Keng Hwa is flowering. I have been reading lately about Keng Hwa plants which have fruited. It makes sense as the are a relative of the dragon fruit and other cactus that produce fruits or pear. Do you like how I neglected it and let the weeds choke it till it flowers?? Sometimes we kill a plant with kindness. Not me!!
Bad news....my vegetable garden is an All Natural Weedfest!! That's for another post