I'm not sure why there were narcissus in there. I can't stand the smell of the blooms and they don't flower dependably in our climate anyway.
This tree has a bit of a wonky trunk due to an injury it received as a young tree. During a wind storm at my studio in Echo Park a piece of corrugated metal roofing flew of and stuck into the the tree like a knife. It caused so much damage that a new trunk sprouted under the injury and the original one withered.
A couple days later it already seemed happier with new leaves sprouting.
Camphor trees are known for their aggressive roots and the parents of this one did attack the sewer pipe at my old house. Not fun.
I'm hoping that planting this one 60 feet above the house will keep it from causing any damage, and that one day I'll have that wonderful shade to lounge under.
You can see the new growth that is lighter green.
For now it's barely visible above the jade but it's already grown about a foot this Summer.
I planted a larger one at my old job at the Natural History Museum in the Butterfly Pavilion that grew about 4 feet a year once it became established, so I'm hoping that this one will be happy here.
The other trees I had to plant were these bare root fruit trees from Dave Wilson Nursery. There's 8 in there, mostly plum x apricot hybrids. I'm a little mad for pluots and apriums. Dave Wilson does a great job of describing when various trees will fruit and advocates backyard growers to plant multiple trees in one hole to get a wider variety of fruit over a longer period of the year. It makes sense that most people wouldn't be able to eat 400 pounds of plums that all ripened in 2 weeks.
I also like the idea of a more compact orchard. Despite feeling that I have such a large yard, there's not a lot of space that I feel I could devote to an orchard.
I'd like to fence in the top 20 feet of my property for the chickens, and one day goats (!), so I don't want to plant the fruit trees there where they would make good goat fodder.
I chose the next area down the hill which is a steep sliver between the Sapote tree and the pepper trees.
I made mesh cages again to keep out the varmints that also serve as temporary retaining walls to hold in the dirt. One day I'll build an actual retaining wall to level out this area and fill in more dirt, but for now the trees will have to make due with the dirt held in the cage.
You can also see where the tree has been grafted to the root stock. Dave Wilson has a number of different root stocks that perform differently in various conditions. I tried to choose stock that grow fast and do well with less water.
It's a little hard to see in this photo but the tree is about 4' high and has new spring leaves growing.
All of these photos are a few months old, so I'll try to take some more to compare.