I went out to deadhead my zinnias and phlox this morning and came back in with these. We have quite the garden going in our backyard with spots for everything from green beans to Julia Child floribunda roses. My inner voice trills a little bit when I see my Julia Child roses and recalls Meryl Streep's portrayal of her in Julie & Julia, a longtime fave movie of mine.
I haven't been able to report much on our urban orchard lately because we are hitting snags with water access. Anyone with fruit trees knows that they require water. Young fruit trees require up to five gallons per week in the summer. We are having a dry spell coupled with 90-degree days and this would be a disaster for our trees if we'd planted without water access.
Right now, the only thing we have growing at our urban orchard site, besides bermuda grass, is a few butterfly bushes. I could only plant them because they're drought resistant, but wouldn't you know that last time I was there I completely forgot to check on them?
We can still realistically target a fall tree planting because a new option for water is on the horizon, but this project in general has lots of hurdles, some big some small. I have had some discouraging moments, but we know that this is not a project that will be easy, nor will it be accomplished swiftly. It will be a long slog and we hope it will be worth it in the end when we have a bounty of healthy, local fruit to share with our neighbors.
Thanks friends for rooting for this project.