Not as much time as I would’ve liked to spend in the garden.
The mostly-unprotected pomegranates all survived the bitter cold of last winter, but had to come back from their roots. Afghanski and Parfianka put on good growth (Parfianka is next to my garage, which probably helped). Salavatski, surprisingly, didn’t do much other than push out a couple of twigs. It’s supposed to be quite hardy, maybe it is just not very happy with its location.
Some currants (Primus white), jostaberries, and a small handful of Bulgarian gooseberry. Pretty good given they were all planted out in ’13. Crandall managed to produce a single berry, but it fell off or something got it before ripening. I’ll do a little pruning later in the winter, and we’ll see if I can root some cuttings.
Loofah, as before, did a terrific job. Attractive, with the small yellow flowers providing a wonderful evening aroma. Oh, also delicious. Both round and ridged varieties were planted this year; off the two, I prefer the ridged (Luffa acutangula).
“Eh” year for tomatoes. They were OK, and we got a fair number for absolutely minimal effort. Many, in fact, were just self seeded — can’t get much lazier than that!
Wineberries, a gift from the birds, hit their second year and produced fruit. They’re thorny as all get out, but were a big hit with my daughter. Ditto to a blackberry bush which is fighting its way out from a clump of Rose of Sharon.
Asian eggplants continued to underwhelm. Low productivity, and my wife panned their taste. I will either switch suppliers or give up for now.
Winged beans were a bust again. I have read that they are not day neutral, which means either this area might be too far north, or I could try tricking them — apparently with carefully timed flashes of red light, plants can be fooled into thinking the days have grown short.
Chinese hawthorn survived, no thanks to me. I will try to remember to spray it with a fungicide this Spring and see if that keeps it healthy-ish.
Planted some tamarind seeds in the hopes that they’d grow big enough to harvest the leaves from, but didn’t do it until too late in the year. Worth another try, this time well before Spring.
Dwarf Cavendish bananas grew well, considering that I was late about getting them out of the house and into the ground. I did learn that they can handle temperatures just above freezing, without protection, so in 2015 they’ll go out in April. Two of them had grown too large to be potted and I am attempting to keep them dormant over the winter. The one on the south side of the garage looks like a goner, but the one on the north looks to be in good shape. Maybe something to do with additional light or the fact that the south gets a bit hotter; when, last year, I tried to overwinter one inside, the primary stalk kicked the bucket shortly after I’d moved it from the northern to the southern side of the garage (it still came up from its roots, producing a new stalk the following year). We’re now moving out of the realm of coincidence.
New acquisitions: a pair of persimmon trees (both Fuyu), two miracle fruit bushes (fine, they’re African, not Asian; I can be heterodox on my own blog), and a tea camellia.