It was a long week here. The weather reports promised rain on most days but it never came to my garden, and this morning I was out there with the watering hose just like most everyone else has been doing for weeks. Tonight I heard thunder but again, no rain.
I was anticipating one good side effect of the break in rain here might be that an odd yellowing of one of my fig trees would stop. I was attributing the yellowing leaves to too much water. However, even after a sunny and much drier week, this is what I found in the garden today:
1. Sickly Fig Tree
I have never seen anything like this before. The figs are ripening, and the birds don’t mind eating them (I saw mockingbirds and blackbirds all over the tree today) but I am going to be very hesitant to eat from this tree given these yellowed leaves. If it’s not a result of overwatering, my second guess would have been poison. A next door neighbor poisoned a lot of our plants and trees a few years ago by overspraying Roundup repeatedly along the edges of her land and along the sidewalk. My garden (and this fig tree) is also streetside, so runoff from anything the City might be spraying along the street or sidewalk could affect the fig tree. However, nothing nearby seems to have similarly damaged foliage. So I’m puzzled, and will have to begin researching. If anyone has experienced this before, I’d love to know what you think.
The elderberries are coming ripe, and this tree is just next to the fig tree that is yellow. See how green it is? The birds are also harvesting these little berries, as I expected they would, but I might be able to get a few of these if I can reach them.
3. Naked Ladies
My mother, who lives in Ohio, has given me so many bulbs of these lilies over the years – too many to count. In her yard there they grow in masses. In my yard, they live for a year and then tend to disappear; I think it’s too hot in Georgia for them to be happy. My mom calls them resurrection lilies; I’ve most often heard other people call them Naked Ladies; but I believe they are actually Amaryllis belladonna. They send up a nice thick bunch of heavy strap-like green leaves very early in the spring, which soon die back to the ground. Sometime later these beautiful flowers spring up on their own, without leaves. Thus the name, “naked ladies.” The leaves you see in this picture belong to other plants.
4. Baby Tomatoes
I was late putting any tomato plants into the ground, and not sure I even wanted to do so. Tomatoes are not really my favorite. But a garden sale I visited had them at half price on clearance, organically grown, and if no one bought them they were clearly going to be thrown out . . . so home with me they came. Here are the first little tomato fruits on my vines.
I haven’t had a coreopsis plant in awhile. I’m hoping this one will reseed. Isn’t it cute?
I can never leave the garden in summer without taking at least a few pictures of the tithonia, or Mexican sunflower. This single plant is almost six feet tall and about that in diameter. I’ve pretty much let a handful of them take over one of my 4×10 foot raised garden beds. They are all in various stage of bloom, some already making seed for me. But as of yet, I have still not seen the first butterfly on them this year. They should be attracting many, many butterflies, so I’m trying not to worry.
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