Friday, February 13, 2015

Birdhouses and nectarine grafts

I hung one of my friend Connie's homemade birdhouses in my festooned seedling peach tree the other day.


The wood is old heart pine, reclaimed from the wreckage of an ancient collapsed Cracker house on her property.

I like building birdhouses, but hers take the cake. Connie's display at the 326 Community Market always has a selection of lovely plants, herbs and homemade birdhouses. She's there almost every Thursday... just ask for The Potter's Bench booth.

Meanwhile, in the peach next to the one in which my new birdhouse sways... I'm grafting Sunraycer nectarine buds onto some recently pruned branches:


I think they're going to take.

I'm considering ordering some root stock and producing grafted fruit trees from scratch in the nursery. Some really good varieties of fruit, such as the Sunraycer nectarine mentioned above, are patent-free and open for nurseries to propagate.

And of course, any trees I grow from seed with good fruit I can name and propagate all I like.

Ah... the potential!

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4 Comments:

At February 13, 2015 at 1:23 PM , Blogger stevo_61 said...

I'm going the opposite direction. I have netted my peach trees to keep the birds out.

 
At February 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Sometimes you have to. The birds haven't ever attacked our peaches. The squirrels, on the other hand...

 
At June 5, 2015 at 4:42 PM , Blogger bryan flake said...

I love how simple and inviting the bird house is. Often times, I think that birds may not actually care about different colors and features of this bird house or that one and so forth. This bird house has natural colors that a bird would be used to seeing.
http://www.mimistreasurechest.com/dept-30060

 
At June 5, 2015 at 4:42 PM , Blogger bryan flake said...

I love how simple and inviting the bird house is. Often times, I think that birds may not actually care about different colors and features of this bird house or that one and so forth. This bird house has natural colors that a bird would be used to seeing.
http://www.mimistreasurechest.com/dept-30060

 

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