So far so good on our makeshift frost protection for our mangoes and macadamias.
The new and transplanted citrus was expected to take its chances in between!
Had a few doozies, but not unexpected here and helps to reduce the bug numbers before Spring bounds in once more. We do make sure the ground is well mulched and chipped to keep the roots warm too as that's where much of the magic happens. We have Gwen and George, the guavas, similarly covered in W2, hopefully they'll all be a little more frost tolerant as they grow up!
Surprising what can be done with pegs, duct tape and old sheets and absolutely no eye for colour co-ordination!
Never ceases to amaze me the difference between each hive's honey, even when collected over the same time period.
From left to right we have the current pour of Sweet Summer; Midsummer Melody & Burnt Caramel (my current favourite). Our honeys are always changing reflecting the seasons and the bees own selections; we always leave them plenty too.
Yes, it is now the turn of our apples to go for glory. Meet Roy, the largest red delicious I have ever seen. I know apples are a bit 'elastic' at the end of their growing time, but the 100mls of rain in two hours recently seems to have stretched this a bit further than usual. He's not completely ripe, but untimely fell from a branch, so may be destined for a pie. 'Tis not an ill wind that blows apple pie here!
1. Volatile Components of Roots, Stems, Leaves, and Flowers of Echinacea Species
G. Mazza* and and T. Cottrell, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 1999 47 (8), 3081-3085
After yesterday's storm, this was the only peach with obvious skin damage. How amazing is that! Very little leaf damage to the trees or the long legged lab-lab legumes that I 'crack planted' a while ago which are now expanding throughout W2 fixing nitrogen as they wander.
I did my PhD on the effect of impacts, so this pattern was like looking at an old friend. These distinct crater and finger patterns can be seen from all kind of high energy impacts, including lightning and meteors (the latter, somewhat larger than hail!).
Had a feeling today we might get a storm (BOM guessed 70% x 1-5mm), so I removed a few more peaches lest the young trees sustained damage. We're not a commercial orchard, so I can micro-manage our crop especially with such BIG peaches for such young trees - isn't nature amazing - never complains, never explains!
27ml came down from the heavens with lightning, thunder and a bit of hail thrown in for good measure. Dogs not amused.
Not complaining. Love mud. Mud means magnificence. And muddy dogs.
Probably another bucket or two tomorrow to share around.
'Tis an ill wind that blows nobody any peaches.
'Til next time. Yum!