Excellent! And thanks for the description! I took the instant 'traffic' out my way as an indicator of what lie ahead - and perhaps scared myself off the road. We've got the Chehalem Mountains between us and all points east, with no easy route over or around them; that's why I'll try to make more than a day-trip out of it... and knew I had other things, or nothing
to do at home...
The "Transparentâ€™s" were apples, some call them "Lodi." I procured the wood from the most prolific tree in Milwaukie, OR (as a water meter reader). I didn't think we had much of a crop this year, until they began falling. I've been told they're perfect - for around 8 hours, too green before - and too ripe afterward! ... Out on a limb to get them, these were perfect.
And I've still never T, or chip budded. I've watched both demonstrated, but it's been a good decade ago... And thanks for bringing your Parafilm
, Iâ€™m on the lookout. Though scouring my yard / orchard for weeks now (after Joe Real's unreal
antics), I've not found a use for the budding technique. I've one 'root-sucker' plum going crazy with â€˜first yearâ€™ limbs already, and Iâ€™ve caged it in from deer, but whip & tongue grafts of well researched varieties next March seems the best method...
" - aren't they, and they're so healthy and well educated too. Many are a good decade younger than they look! But we're all in different stages of Orcharding; I'm at the less adventurous
stage with an established orchard. Many of our members have truly forgotten more than I'll ever know... But we try to be there for those establishing and building their orchards -- just like someone was there for us, or at least me!
"Plumfun" -- did you wear your 'real names' or your Forum Handles
-- or both? I'd even brought my aging "Luelling Memorial Chapter" button, with my weird 'given name.' ...I'm still waiting to hear someone name their kid "Viron." My advice to him/her would be, â€œit gets better, and, it makes a great Forum Handle!â€
I'm about to post something on Figs... or lack of. Glad your GF got to try a fresh one -- did she close her eyes..? Once you get past their 'fly larva' looks inside - they're great! My wife was as frightened as anyone with her first fig -- now she beats us to them! And I'd like to see our Arboretum in Summer... I try to check it out after our yearly grafting classes at CCC, but it's still dormant. ...Though the fruit generally teases me with possibilities I've either tried and failed, or haven't room for.
"Howard's miracle plum
" -- now if I can only remember that for next Feb/March... Ozark Premiere
has been the closest I've come to a "peach plum" (including a 'so-called' â€œPeach Plumâ€). I'm considering maxing out the little root-sucker I described. And: "I learned that Lambert is one of the parents of Stella, and that both of the "Compact" versions were the result of a program in which the subjected scions to gamma rays and other radiation to induce genetic mutations.
" -- Now I'm sure there's a 'political take' there, but I've never understood why more of that isn't / hasn't been done? Sounds like a positive use of nuclear energy to me! Between that, and genetic engineering - I'm still waiting for the seedless wine grapes the size of golf balls!
My fear has been just as I'd established my orchard - here'd come a generation of amazing fruiting plants that would have me replacing what I've got ... but we aren't even close. I wonder if commercial producers 'buy up' patents (like the auto industry) to keep new ideas (varieties) from making their investment's obsolete..? Just a thought~
And every time I get around Ted I wish he were my neighbor! Heck - we should all have adjoining properties! ...Speaking of which, I've got a garden to water and irrigation hoses to move... Glad you had a fun and worthwhile time - that's what it's all about. And my
thanks to the organizers, those behind-the-scene members that make up for people like me