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Fig Tree Problems

I am slightly comforted that my father says his fig trees in Arizona died practically to the roots every single winter.

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I think there are climbing rose varieties that you're expected to do that with too (I'm in Quebec, though, so we're even more likely to have to do it.)

I'm very fond of the chicken in your gardening notes.

On an entirely unrelated note, yesterday I finally carved out time to read The Seventh Bride, and was greatly impressed and entertained.

Yaaaay! I'm glad you liked it!

Yeah fig trees are not great fans of wide temperature variations and require large amounts of water... which probably explains why they do so well in most of England. [specially the south]

On a nearly-unrelated note: I am oddly comforted by the fact that your scribbled self-portraits are essentially Digger in human form. I think it's the familiarity, and the sense of being in the presence of someone competent.

I do not, however, need to know whether your butt is armored. ;)

She's an author and an artist. If it wasn't armoured when she started all this, it is, by now (not saying it's necessarily good armour, but, hey...)

Polar bears! YAY!

"If it wasn't armoured when she started all this..."
*snork* Too right!

Bears, indeed!

There is something very cathartic about attacking a plant with a pair of shears. I occasionally feel bad for the plant. :(

I think I like the lighter text in this one. Also the thumb on the right hand is on the wrong side. :x

Ok, I'm new here, so I just have to ask (please forgive me if you've already said somewhere) - Do you hand draw these pages and scan them in to share? They are just so whimsical and lovely. I think they are so fun to see. I hope you will be posting them more often =D

Hee! No, it's fine to ask. These are mostly digital. Some of the sketches I scan from real ones, but not all. I am a primarily digital artist and my handwriting is godawful, but I love the aesthetic so I started assembling these a couple months ago out of bits.

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That is so cool! I have an envy. =D
I am terrible at digital art. I used to be able to draw by hand, but I am so out of practice it's not even funny.
These are so fun to look at. Like a super cheerful garden book!

I once worked on a job where there was a giant fig tree next door. The houses were on a slope, and the tree was planted at the bottom of the slope. It was taller than the two story houses. The trunk and branches were so large that every morning the owner would send her maid out across one branch that ran up to the first story porch (which was a good 20' or more up the tree) and she'd walk along it like a path, from which she could reach smaller branches that made figs. The tree was quite amazing and prehistoric seeming. The homeowner I thought was a shitty employer.

That reminds me- I need to go on my usual springtime killing spree... err, pruning spree in the yard, lest the honeysuckle rises up like the eldritch beast that it is. Also, the yew and holly in the front yard are starting to inappropriately touch the house.

I am loving these journal pages, BTW!

We just finished major pruning on our fig tree. We found it hiding in a shady corner of the yard when we bought the house, and it was tiny and almost dead. After moving it to a sunny spot, it took off, and now we keep having to remind it that it's not allowed *all* the space. :)

Greetings! I'm a complete stranger who stumbled upon your journal. I absolutely love the artwork and thought I'd poke around and read some more. I hope you don't mind.

We have a fig tree in our back yard. We think it was planted when the house was built (1938). The trunk is OMG thick, but it's not permitted to grow tall or wide, or else it would block the only effective exit from the back yard. We're in Los Angeles, California, for reference's sake. This thing grows like a weed - it gets pruned down to little stumpy bits off the main trunk, and then EXPLODES come March.

I also meant to mention that a squirrel or something took one of the figs, ate it in one of the window-pit things by the living room, and we've got a new fig tree growing THERE, because we don't open that blind too often (like, maybe, twice a year?), and discovered OMG FIG SAPLING WTF.

fig tree in Oregon = raccoon infestation

There's a fig tree behind our house, and last year it looked entirely dead until suddenly surprise! it leafed, out of nowhere, quite late in the summer. (No fruit, though.) This year it looks entirely dead, but there are a few dark new branches that look like they might have some sap in them, so I'm reserving judgment. Also our landlord is an Israeli Jew and they're very serious about not cutting down fruit trees, so I expect that even if it dies he'll leave it there until it falls over or crumbles into dust.

I once visited a California vineyard where there was a fig tree the size of a house. They'd draped it with netting to keep the larger birds away. I spent a couple of hours climbing around in it--the world's tastiest jungle gym.

Edited at 2015-05-15 07:21 pm (UTC)

Well if it does revive will you call it Lazarus-Bob?

Love the illustrations! This style would make a great gardening book for young and old alike.

I just wanted to say -- since I don't have a twitter -- I was going through your twitter t'other day and, well, until last year I didn't have a yard. I do have a yard now. And suddenly Garden Posts that were all Greek To Me are making more sense.

But I mention twitter because you posted a picture of your heucheras and I have some massive heuchera envy. Mine are wee and the ones in pretty much full shade are putting out a bunch of new growth... but some of them in partial sun are looking very sad (but if I google it it's all people saying "Oh heucheras will be just FINE in sun. I've seen big ones in FULL SUN"). And. Uh. How did you get yours so big? Is it just time?

(for reference, my Sad Heucheras have been in the ground for like... a week or so at this point while the Cheerful Heucheras have been in the ground closer to two weeks. I may be slightly impatient with my Brand New Garden.)

It's time, mostly. The impressive ones are all three or four years old.

I don't know your locale, but heucheras would melt in full sun here--mine are all bright shade or against the foundation so that they get sunlight for an hour or two, but are in the shadow of the house most of the day, and those get more water than the shade ones.

My experience is that they are being massively overbred at the moment and a lot of the fancy ones just don't live that long. Straight species do the best for longevity and size--the huge green one of mine is (I think) the species. You might consider foamflower if the heucheras don't hold up--get a clumper, not a runner, but they're very similar.

I'm in southwestern VA, up in the mountains. So it might be a smidge cooler here but I think this is zone 6B or 7A*. So. Not too hopeful... well. Maybe they'll be OK.

We're mostly in heavy shade too. Thus why I stuck heucheras there - I thought it got a lot less sunlight than it turns out it does. They line the driveway which has a tree overhanging it and half of the heucheras get pretty much full time shade and the other half get something like 4+ hours of full-to-partial sun a day. I suppose I'll just take to drenching them.

I've got a little foamflower I haven't figured out what to do with. It is so TINY. I mean, I know it'll get larger once I get it out of a pot but it can be kind of hard to envision full sizes.

*hard to tell on the map -- in the mountains the colors all kind of run together unless you blow it up really big

I grew up in NYC, in a very greek area. It was the norm to see a tall bundle standing in people's yards in the winter. That would be their fig tree, pruned back and wrapped in insulating foam and covered with tarp, strapped tight. *Anything* for those precious fig trees!

Oh, and in Greece, my grandmother had a fig tree well over 4 stories tall. That thing was massive! You could have put a decent sized house in the space this thing took up in the yard. Sadly, I'm told it was lost to a blight that swept through some years ago.

Pity I hate figs.

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