|Berry development of our native Riverbank Grape, Vitis riparia. Riparia is a very early bloomer which makes it a challenge to use in grape breeding.
|Berry development on a domestic grape vine, one of the Kuhlmann hybrids.
|Cluster development on a chance hybrid, an open-pollinated seedling of the Kuhlmann hybrid shown above. Interesting re-aggregation of genes, up to five clusters per shoot.
|A close-up of one of the clusters.
|A quince bush that was cut back nearly to the ground. This is a Polish selection Pigwa S-1.
|A seven gallon landscaping tub that used to hold a small shade tree. I cut out the bottom.
|Tub placed around the quince
|Sawdust poked down between the shoots. God willing, they will strike roots and I will have some rootstocks to play with next spring. This method is a variant of "air-layering" called stooling.
|The horseradish is one of the species I am testing as a ground cover in the orchard. I was mowing in Salamander's orchard today and I saw/smelled that he had Lemon Balm volunteering on his orchard floor. I may have to give that a try.
|The grafted grapes are not exactly bounding out of the ground.
|This is a close-up of the bud that is pushing. It looks like something is chewing on it. I wonder if it is that small, "S" shaped green squiggle at the base of the bud?
|Some of the grape plants have already outgrown the 13 gallon, white, garbage bag tree shelters. This variety is Geneva Red.
|An apple whip that was regrafted at belt-buckle height to a variety called Water Closet.
|Looking down a row of grape vines that is sandwiched between two rows of fruit trees.