What I want to know is why haven't the deer nibbled it to the ground? Fruit trees are so yummy to them. And the fruit as it ripens is a bear-magnet, so be prepared to defend your harvest from the bruins, deyana. Around here, orchards that aren't surrounded by strong tall fences, sometimes electric fences, do not end up providing their owners with much in the way of fruit. Wildlife gets it all.
You make a good point, kimby. I never thought about the bears and other wildlife attacking the fruit (once it appears). Maybe they would even nibble at the baby tree too? I have a feeling that my dog deters much of the wildlife around here. For instance when we first moved here we used to have many more jack rabbits and squirrels evident in the garden, but no more, my dog (and perhaps my cats too), has scared them all away.
There are quite a few apple trees in the back all ready, not maintained but still bare fruit that the bears go for each fall. We also have raspberries in the front, but they seem to be left alone..
I think maybe your area has more wildlife than where I live, Kimby, so the fences are a necessity if people want to preserve their fruit?
As people have moved into wildlife habitat here in Western Montana, they have slowly learned to adapt their ways to their furry neighbors. While gardeners in the city can get by without fences, and can park their garbage cans with impunity alongside the garage, we country folk have to work at preventing critters from undoing our efforts (and in the process getting in trouble with people, which in the case of bears, usually means relocation will be necessary).
The problem with bears is that they have excellent memories, and if they get a "food reward" in someone's yard (a birdfeeder full of nutrient-rich sunflower seeds, a hummingbird feeder full of sugar water, a dog dish full of chow left on the porch while Fido sleeps inside, a trash can full of kitchen leavings, an apple tree full of ripening fruit, a cluster of beehives loaded with hunny), they will return again and again looking for more, often year after year.
So around here we are told to remove birdfeeders between March and Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November), pick our fruit trees before they are fully ripe (or notify folks who have organized to pick fruit if you can't find the time), feed our pets inside, and refrain from putting out the trash cans till the morning of pickup, etc.
With the burgeoning deer population in settled areas where firearms are inappropriate (and the only means to reduce the population is with our cars at great expense and inconvenience) if we want to plant a garden or fruit trees, we need fencing, netting or nasty-tasting sprays to keep the deer from decimating our plantings. Deer will browse everything up to about 4 feet in height (though I've seen them stand on their hind legs to reach higher), but bears will simply push over a shrub or break down a tree branch to get at the fruit hanging on it.
I get enough pleasure from watching the wildlife that I can live with the loss of gardening opportunities. I don't even try anymore. (The frost free season is pretty short anyway, and we have wonderful farmers markets to provide fresh produce and posies.)
Kimby, sorry but I thought I had replied to your post above a while ago.
It's true though following those unwritten rules and making sure garbage is covered etc. saves a lot of headaches (both for humans and animals). Like your area, we also have an overpopulation of deer, so hunters are encouraged to track them down. Same thing with Coyotes, which are seen as a nuisance.
The end of summer is one of the most interesting times to observe what is happening in gardens, but those photos still look like summer in its full glory. I hope you can post some more photos when autumn has begun to nip at the plants.
Almost the end of Sept and we are enjoying an Indian Summer. All the same I was amazed to discover that two rose bushes had decided it was June
And to give you gardeners a laugh here is some of the Cotoneaster Horizontals which the birds have planted for me
One of my first jobs when I started working for a road making contractor was to help the contracts manager tender for work. I had to get in prices from outside suppliers for whatever was needed. One day we were pricing a job which included mixture of shrubs for hedging or a verge which included Cotoneaster. I had never heard of such an animal and rang a local nursery. I had the girl at the other end in stitches when I asked for Cotton Easter. My wife and I always classed such plants thus ever after.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I love the Weeping Willow tree. In my local city, by the Riverside grow the most beautiful Weeping Willows. I've been getting some gardening advice lately and was told that I can actually just grow a tree from the cutting of a mature tree. So that is what I did.
Here is how it is getting along:
This first photo was just a few days after I had potted the cuttings. I was so happy to see that at least a couple of them had 'taken' . btw I used fresh potting soil in the pot:
A close up of it:
And about a week or so later:
And this was taken today - I have decided to bring the pot inside as it's getting quite cold out and I didn't want to put it in the ground just yet. I may do that in the Spring time once the little trees are a bit stronger. (If they survive the winter inside)! I thought the best bet was to put the pot on a little table right in front of the patio doors, where the sun usually shines in. Did I do the right thing?
Summer has finally gone. Fall is here and with it all it's glorious colors. We Canadians know that winter is just around the corner so we prepare our gardens for it. I always have to make sure the grass is mowed, outside furniture is put away and the house is ready for the winter months.
I also like to burn all the debris and other things in the fire-pit outside - did this yesterday, but as it had rained the day before, it smoked quite a bit: