Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Some confusion

The calendar doesn't lie so it has been officially autumn for a month but there is some confusion amongst my plants. Then there were the ducklings that hatched out in autumn too so perhaps there is confusion all round.

The crepe myrtles are definitely in tune with the calendar and know what is good for them. They have their lovely russet leaves on display and look just a nice now as they do when in full bloom.

The mulberry trees on the other hand are in trouble. They have lost their leaves and are now sprouting new ones and fruit as well. They are under the impression that it is spring. The day lengths are about the same as early spring and the temperatures too so who can blame them really. I tell you these two mulberry trees are nothing but trouble. The white mulberry can't be relied on for any fruit at all in the spring but it is covered in baby mulberries now just waiting for a frost to wipe them out. It is a lovely tree to look at though. The black mulberry was a lovely tree in its infancy but blew over once when it was first in the ground and has been recalcitrant ever since. Well as much as a tree can be  that is. Hope they work this season stuff out.

No confusion here. White strawberries. They are delicious and taste like lollies/candy. Like the red alpine strawberry they great plants to grow and if you ever come across one and are wondering whether to buy it or not, I'd say go for it. Yum!

I'm going to have a cup of tea and then plant some peas because it is autumn and that is what I do.


River said...

I've heard of white mulberries, but white strawberries are new to me.

Janice said...

I do love crepe myrtle, they look good in all seasons. Even their bark is lovely in winter. We had little grape hyacinths get confused at the beginning of February when we had a cold snap. They are in full leaf, bt no flowers. I don't know what they will do in spring.

Joolz said...

A lady from my town posted pictures of her jonqils in bloom! Crazy!
After a few weeks of cooler weatger, we had 27C yesterday and it nearly killed me!

Kimberley said...

white strawberries are new to me too. I'm in t-shirt and shorts - it is crazy!