Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Yesterday was laundry day, so as soon as my eyes were fully awake and it was safe to be noisy in the neighborhood without complaints, I jumped into some clothes and went outside to tackle the infected apple trees before my day got away from me.

I wasn’t looking forward to the task as I knew I would have to prune my Patio Apple Trees pretty severely; and that action may well kill them. But if I want to keep them alive, the cuts had to be made now:

I removed a lot of apple tree limbs from my 2 patio Apple trees – and lost the few apples that did set, as well. I normally get enough apples for 6 apple pies through Winter into Spring, but there will be no apple harvest this year ...

I know it is the wrong time of the year to be pruning fruit trees, but they had both been seriously struck with the apple tree killing disease, ‘fire blight’ – and severe pruning is their only hope of survival at this point …

They look so naked and forlorn. Poor things.

Then I fertilized all the veggie beds.

Hopefully, the added boost will give the struggling plants some of what the absent sun has been holding back:

These Comos should be pretty tall by now, but the gray skies and yo-yoing temperatures keep everything confused and stunted.

I found another volunteer petunia coming up in one of the Yellow Parrot Tulip bowls …

And I got excited when I saw a colorful fruit set blossom on my eggplant!

In truth, I did not expect this eggplant to get as far as it has in this wet and humid PNW climate. It is struggling – but it is also thriving :-D

If I get just 1 eggplant, I will be happy. At least I now know that I can grow them here.

I bet Bob is smiling down on me; watching my personal growth, & my garden’s growth, as my experiments are starting to hit pay dirt.

And saying to Yeshua, “Will You look at that? My lady is a winner”.

Only Bob could ever see me as a lady ;-)