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  • Daniel W

    It can be very difficult to find locally appropriate fruit trees. We may have lost many varieties with the nationalization of fruit tree nurseries. New development is especially strong in California. California varieties are often not suitable anywhere else.

    Peaches are a good example. In my wet cool maritime clinmate, basically all California peach trees succomb to peach leaf curl disease. It took me many years to figure that out. As far as I can tell,there are only 4 peach varieties that resist that disease. I have all four, one still gets it fairly bad. I dont know how the others will do.

    The other thing with peaches is they bloom early. A warmspell can stimulate them to bloom, then a late frost kill them. Apricots are even more sensitive to that - all of my spricot attempts have been killed by frost after they left dormancy. Ditto for an aprium.

    There are catalog varieties that claim to overcome these challenges. I dont know how good most of them are. I research each variety before I try it. In some cases that works out.

    If a neighbor had a productive, late blooming, disease resistant peach, I would beg for some seeds. As it is, I sm still trying. Peaches are said to bear in 3 or 4 years from seed.
  • Joan Denoo

    Because I live on one of those pancake-like lava flows that make up the Columbia Plateau Basalts, my ground is in a dip in the pancake. Cold coming down the mountain settle in my garden as it moves down into the Spokane River valley. This little patch holds the cold air when ground around this neighborhood is frost free. 

    This is a lovely spot. In the days of the Native migrations, Indians camped on this little depression because there were many wild berries and bulbs, including camas. The ground is swamp like because the snow melt from Brown's Mt. flows underground to what is now Manito Pond. Ground water used to surface in my spot until the city grew upslope toward the mountain. There are many ponds that remain. Lots of wild birds, especially the migratory geese and ducks although the blue birds are long gone as well as many other species. We have the first frost of autumn and last frost of spring. 

    Manito Pond, one block from my home

    Japanese Garden, about six blocks from my home

    Columbia River basalts underlay these features. Their natural springs used to dry up in the hot summers and the city now keeps them at a constant level with city water.  

    Manito has several formal gardens designed by the men who designed NY city's Central Park. Olmsted Brothers. Here is one of their treasures. 

    Their designs included both formal and wilderness gardens with many little pockets with benches and chairs among the beautiful scenes. 

  • k.h. ky

    Joan, can I come live with you. Lol Not only is the weather better the parks are close.
    Our snow topped out at 25''during the twelve hour storm.