Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More Yard Pictures

I have been slowly getting the back yard into order. It has changed quite a lot since last time, some worked well some did not. The biggest issue right now is just not enough plants. There is still too much bare dirt. A few plants have done well though.

The weeping mulberry tree has at least doubled in height. When I first put it next to a 10ft tall stake I was thinking it would look funny for years. At the rate it has grown it should reach full height within a year or so. This was particularly impressive next to the old picture of it.

The best choice was probably the Goji Berry. I was a little worried that it wouldn't grow at all here, but it has just taken off. If it keeps growing like it is, I will have hundreds of berries next fall:

The strawberries have also done well, and are now spreading like crazy. 

Two out of ten alpine strawberries have died, and the rest are just doing alright. They make a fair number of strawberries but are not particularly amazing. 

The pineapple sage has got huge, it is really pretty but otherwise seems uninteresting:

 The Hyssop is still a great little plant:

While they have only got through two of their five colors. the Chinese 5 Color Peppers seem to be doing really well. Oddly enough two are starting out with purple peppers and one is starting with yellow ones. 

The Strawberry Spinach leaves are pretty awful, although I haven't tried cooking them to see if they get better. Maybe the berries will be better, but I am not betting on it.

Sorrel was a great pick. Unlike the Strawberry Spinach it has tasty little leaves. Although it took a long time before it really started growing.

The Cape Gooseberry will probably be removed soon. So far it has just produced flowers. It also apparently really needs to be staked or grown in a tomato cage. 

The Lovage has not thrived. It seems to finally be at least growing though. However Parsley plants which are several months younger are the same size as it:

The Goumi has grown a lot, until next spring I won't really know if it was a good choice though. Next to it are some parsley seedlings, a alpine strawberry, and a lemon verbena plant. The lemon verbena so far has been a good choice.

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