Thursday, July 26, 2018

Kit Donnell and Baby Crawford peaches

Here in Davis and Vacaville, Kit Donnell and Baby Crawford peaches are ready by the end of July.  They both are excellent peaches. This summer, I sampled them first time from my recent grafts.  Kit Donnell is sweeter, and I prefer it better.  I hope to sample more of them this Sunday at the orchard of Andy Mariani.  He grows them commercially, and they should be available in his shop around this time.

Kit Donnell (left) and Baby Crawford



Cereus comarapanus, first flower

About three years ago I purchased a cutting of Cereus comarapanus from a fellow gardener in San Diego area. Last night, the first flower showed up.  This cactus produces red fleshed fruit, and I really looking forward to the fruit.  However, the only other cactus pollen I had last night was from Lobivia silvestris flower.  Let's hope C. comarapanus is self-fetrile, or can make fruit with L. sivestris pollen.





And the same flower this morning

Lobivia silvestris


Oak leaf papaya, Vasconcellea quercifolia

In the fall of 2016 I adopted four tiny seedlings of oak leaf papaya. They were started by Brian, a fellow gardener from the Golden Gate ch...