Everything is late this year, the cherries, the plums, the figs, the pears, but on the plus side, all the trees and shrubs we planted in the food forest and elsewhere, as well as the potatoes, had a good watering in and survived happily and were glad to be freed from the encroaching weeds.
First priority was freeing the potato terraces and earthing them up. This is the higher potato terrace, which they share with the kiwis. One of the female kiwis died this winter, whilst Stud the male is coming down with flowers. The surviving female still is a bit shy, I hope she'll be put to shame by Jenny the bi-sexual kiwi (she used to call herself John...), which you can see in the foreground together with Ronaldo the fig tree.
In other news in the food forest, Sally the service tree is doing is well:
...ably supported by Ellie the elaeagnus ebingeii (by supplying nitrogen)
...and everything else survived including Conny the Cornelian cherry and Yukako the Japanese quince:
The future pond hasn't really progressed much, but Charity the mahonia is bearing edible fruit. Bet you didn't know you could eat the fruit of this plant which is usually grown for decorative purposes.
...and the milk thistles (silibum marianum) is thriving, a great medical plant for liver problems.
Wish them luck and better weather as we head off on another odyssey northwards on various family business. Oh and for those of you with an interest in wine as well as gardening and Italy, I have started a new blog on that subject where I share my wine adventures on my travels. Pop in on the Wine Anarchist and visit me there too!