[NAFEX] Cornus Mas, and other spring stuff
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Sat May 2 10:35:34 EDT 2009
How about that, my Cornus Mas all have tags. They are Elegant,
Jolico, and Pioneer. Elegant and Pioneer set a lot of fruit this
spring, we'll see if any of it survives to ripen. Jolico is a few
years younger, but bloomed this year for the first time, so I expect
it to fruit in a year or two. It may not be a coincidence that
Elegant finally set fruit the same year Jolico bloomed. (The two are
close, and Pioneer is a ways downwind.)
The apricot set lots of fruit, but I expect to lose it again.
Squirrels, curlicue, I don't know, but the fruits disappear before
they ripen. I see some on the ground, but some just disappear. It's
an attractive small tree, though.
The blueberries are covered in bloom, and I bought new netting, so I'm
hopeful of a crop. Had the place sprayed (spinosad) for winter moth
right before the flowers opened, so I hope I have some bees left. I
did see a lone bumblebee working the dandelions the day after the tree
guys showed up, so there's a good chance.
And I'm thrilled that my red currants not only made it through the
winter, they seem not to have lost any branches to mystery blight. I
usually lose a bunch of canes over the winter. Both the feral currant
and Jonkheer Van Tets are covered with flowers.
Back outside to enjoy the fragrance.
On Apr 2, 2009, at 9:05 AM, Ginda Fisher wrote:
> I have three, all different types. They were purchased from 2
> vendors, a few years apart. They are in partial shade (maybe 75%)
> I have
> lost track of the names of the cultivars, but all are selections
> to be eaten. I might be able to look it up, but one was a
> replacement for
> a tree that failed, and wasn't the same type, so I may have no
> documentation on that one.
> The one that fruited is downwind of the other two (and gets less
> sun). I
> wonder if the direction matters. It set fruit last year, too, but the
> fruit all went away well before ripening. I suspect squirrels.
> ...... Original Message .......
> On Thu, 2 Apr 2009 04:23:01 -0700 (PDT) John S <swim_at_svc at yahoo.com>
>> Ginda, What variety of C. mas are you growing? Do you have
>> another type
> for a pollinator?
>> --- On Sun, 3/29/09, Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us> wrote:
>> From: Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us>
>> Subject: [NAFEX] spring clean-up
>> To: "NAFEX Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009, 11:40 PM
>> I pruned my grape vine. Just in time - it seems it had gotten all
>> tangled in the apricot tree, and the apricot buds have already begun
>> to swell. And some of the apricot branches show minor damage from
>> grape tendrils. I think I'll discourage it from growing into the
>> apricot altogether this year, and I'm glad I got it out this spring.
>> The cornus mas buds are large, and will open with another day or two
>> of warm weather. I got one fruit the year before last. I'm hopeful
>> of a little fruit this year. (I liked the one fruit I got.)
>> My dad, who nearly died last year, and has been slowly regaining his
>> health, was strong enough to plant tomatoes in his basement
>> yesterday. I'll bum some seedlings off of him when the time comes,
>> but I'm just tickled pink that he was able to do it at all.
>> My currant appears to still be alive. At least, I'm hopeful I
>> lost it to mystery blight yet. If anyone knows what causes decline
>> red currants, and better yet, if anyone knows a treatment, please let
>> me know.
>> The blueberries have a nice crop of buds. I guess I'd better get
>> new netting in the hopes of getting fruit this year. The raspberries
>> are still very dormant.
>> The new blueberries and raspberries that I put in on the edge of the
>> property seem to have been extensively prunes by the deer over the
>> winter. Drat.
>> There are other, non-fruit, signs of life in my garden, but I think
>> I'll stick to fruit news for today.
>> all the best,
>> Ginda Fisher
>> Eastern MA, zone 6
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