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06:21 pm: March showers aren't supposed to kill April flowers
Sad garden news: The smaller of my two Japanese maple trees wilted this week. I suspect that our recent heavy rains drowned the roots. It's not completely dead yet, but I don't think it will hang on more than a couple days. The other tree was planted on a small mound a short distance away, and it seems to be doing fine. Another casualty of the rain was one of the poppies in my front yard, which was blown over by the storm on Saturday, cracking its main stem. A couple branches broke off the male kiwi plant, but at least it is still alive and showing signs of sprouting new ones.

Sunday I spent the morning clearing out the asparagus bed. I didn't get much of a chickpea harvest, but growing them was an interesting experience. After that, I spent the afternoon clearing weeds and planting a bunch of new flowers.

I'm finally seeing buds opening on both of my wisteria plants. That's exciting, because I had been afraid that one of them was already dead when I planted it last fall. My sakura tree is nearly at full bloom. The roses in the front yard are covered with buds, and there's even a flower bud on my tree peony.

This morning I began by siphoning my apple wine to a secondary fermentation jar. Now it just has to sit in the closet for a few months until the fermentation runs its course and all the suspended particles settle to the bottom. I got a couple sips while siphoning. It tastes dry and tart at the moment. I'm definitely going to have to sweeten it when it's done fermenting to get it the way I like it. As soon as that process was done, I set about starting a batch of dandelion wine. It will really be interesting to see how that turns out.

In the afternoon, I potted nearly twenty strawberry plants. I still have more than ten seedlings getting started in my living room. If they all survive, I'm going to have so many strawberries this summer, I may not have time to pick everything. I also planted a yellow raspberry in a large pot. I hope it won't mind growing there until I can get it in the ground next fall.

Once I finished all that, I harvested my first baby turnip. I gobbled it down immediately. It was quite mild, even faintly sweet. The others aren't quite ready yet, but it won't be much longer. I'll have to grow turnips again, they seem to do very well.

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From:mangaroo
Date:April 3rd, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
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So do you think it was the mound draining water away more efficiently or the larger size that spared the second Japanese maple? (I'm still hoping for the best with wilty.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 3rd, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
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So do you think it was the mound draining water away more efficiently or the larger size that spared the second Japanese maple?

I believe it was the mound helping drainage, though having more mature roots probably didn't hurt.
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From:megory
Date:April 3rd, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Your flowering sakura Look so beautiful!

You are getting so much done.

I am glad the storms north of you are not affecting your area much. I heard they might get up to 8 inches of rain today.
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From:j_aspie
Date:April 3rd, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
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Wow you have such green fingers! Where do you live? I mean, which part? The climate there must be really nice (ignoring unexpectedly deadly March showers) for gardening :)

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 3rd, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's a relatively mild climate. That's the biggest reason why I like it here.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:April 3rd, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, poor maple! I hope it survives after all. (I had one grapevine come back from the apparently-dead after being over-pruned, though two others didn't make it.)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 4th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Your sakura tree is gorgeous! They seem to be getting really popular around here; I've seen a lot of them planted in the last couple years.

We've had some seemingly dead trees come back amazingly well, so I'm crossing my fingers for your maple.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 7th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm hoping that I'll have enough landscaping done by next year that I can have a proper hanami.
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