Peony Heaven after the peonies
June 20, 2015 by Cricket Hill Garden
Though we are honored and humbled to be known as Peony Heaven, we grow (and sell) a lot more than just peonies here at Cricket Hill Garden. Over the last few years we have added many interesting edible landscaping plants to our garden and orchard. Some of these younger plants are beginning to come into bearing this year. These trees, with the more established pear and apple trees in the garden add up to much salivation in anticipation of the harvest to come.
We were happy to sell our entire crop this week to some very fine local resturants.
Our native Connecticut cactus, the eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa), is getting ready to bloom.
Two different visitors asked this week: “Is that a avocado?” We were happy to reply, that no, its a pawpaw! We think these trees look great in the landscape with their tropical-like foliage.
Nanking cherries (P. tomentosa) will be ripe in a few weeks. With the late spring this year and no frosts after the bloom we have a great fruit set.
One of the more unusual fruits in our orchard, the ‘Norris’ che. This mulberry relative bears red fruit which taste like a combination of fig and watermelon.
‘Hosui’ Japanese pear. We grow our Asian pears as ‘no-spray’ and are able to harvest delicious fruit with little insect damage in late summer.
Rhubarb in the veggie garden, sharing a bed with red romaine lettuce and nasturtiums.
‘Northern Spy’ apple fruitlets. With the dry spring this year, the apple trees are not infected with scab or apple cedar rust.
This week we noticed hundreds of thousands of recently metamorphosed juvenile toads around our ponds. We love to see these garden allies in such abundance.