Tuesday, February 12, 2008

PARAGUAYOS - or Doughnut Peach.

Last year we found these funny little fruits in the market. They look like a pale squashed peach and as long as the fruit was soft and yielded a little to the touch (matura) they tasted 10 times better than a peach or nectarine. We asked Gonzalo if he could graft some onto a bitter almond tree and this week he obliged. Down came most of the branches of the almond, cuts were made at the top of what was left, little twiglets put in, wet bandages wrapped round, then sealed with plastic and hey presto, fingers crossed these unprepossessing twigs will start growing and maybe next year we'll have some fruit.

And here are the fruits. When I googled for an image, I discovered that they've recently become popular in the UK and have been renamed doughnut peaches.

I thought bulbs wouldn't take here as it's too warm, the more so this season as it's been prolonged Autumn. But here are the little grape hyacinth and maybe a tulip or two when it decides to show itself.
I really love the copper leaves of this phormium lower right of the pear tree). El jefe liked the idea of the sun shining these lovely blue, green and copper bottles towards sunset so has hung them on the bare branches. Another bit of whimsy in our garden

These osteospurmum grow like weeds here and make a lovely show. I love the white spoon flowers in the front.
Isn't it strange......I didn't blog regularly for a long time - I think I got overwhelmed by the busyness of it all and other things took priority. Now I can't seem to stop...feast or a famine.


Cheryl said...

Hi Ladyluz
Isn't it interesting to see each others gardens and what is happening to them. Osteospermums, love them, but they do not do very well in my garden unless I put them in pots. I think it is the heavy clay soil. I always put plenty of grit in but it doesn't make a lot of difference.
I love blogging, it has given me a brand new world.
Have fun.

Vanillalotus said...

I know what you mean by not blogging for a while then changing to blogging all the time! Those little peachy things look great. I do hope the grafting works out for you.

mightymatt1313 said...

I tend to go through the same thing with blogging.

ladyluz said...

Hi folks. Thanks for stopping by and glad you're enjoying it, as I am when I pop over to you.

Happy Gardening....