A Walk In The Yard
We live near the town of Abbeville, Louisiana and only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Our hobbies are growing fruit trees and flower plants. Here are some of our favorite flowers.
The Crimson Eyed Mallow, a native of the South
The Texas Star Swamp mallow
The President Clematis
Ville de Lyon Clematis
The beautiful native Clematis of the south, a special gift from our friends, Terry & Peggy Bordelon of Arkansas
The beautiful Byzantine Gladiola.
flower was first first described in print in the year 1526. They are
rare indeed and many imposters are sold in the nursery trade. Our
wonderful supplier is Old House Gardens.
Magnolias are some of our favorite trees
The Gem Magnolia is a smaller version of the Southern Magnolia.
The Flower of the Gem Magnolia
The Sweetbay Magnolia planted with the assistance of our little friend Gabby from Missouri
The flower of the Sweetbay Magnolia
The Star Magnolia and spring daffodils
The little tree insists on being a shrub
The Hybrid Magnolia "Ann" brightens a cold gloomy winter day.
The bird feeder droppings create these beautiful sunflowers
The Daffodil of the Cajun Settlers
This is a beautiful hibiscus given to us as a gift by my late Sister in Law, Lovenia Barker
it came up as a volunteer in her flower bed in Grand Isle, LA
This is the hardy Hybiscus that looks like the Pink Mallow but has a different leaf
Two of the many roses we have in the yard
The Yellow Knockout Rose
The Red Knockout Rose with a backdrop of Confederate Jasmine
The little lily we bought from the Late Vernel Fontenot of Church Point, LA twenty years ago and never learned the name
A Ginger Lily gift from the late Sadie Pemberton of Kentucky
The Brown Eyed Susan
Then there is the Fruit that we grow.
We grew our fruit orchard for eighteen years in an area prone to flooding with a very large orchard, and for the past twelve years here in our much smaller retirement place.
We grow a very large amount of food here in our little one half acre yard and relied on past experience when we designed our planting so as to raise those fruits that perform well here in South Louisiana in Growers Zone 9.
Classey Mayhaw at sunrise May 21, 2014
How much prettier can a fruit be ?
The Red Champ Mayhaw picture compliments of the breeder, our friend, Billy Craft of Woodworth, LA
Our wonderful Mayhaw trees provide the juice for the jelly of the South
There are six
citrus planted in the yard . Blood Orange has been replaced by
Washington Navel after the 19 degrees of 2014.
The Lemon has
been replaced by a Meyer Lemon growing on it's own root which will
return from the roots after a very cold weather event.
We have two
Celeste trees which easily tolerated 17 degrees in 2018
LSU Purple is my favorite of the black figs
The Beautiful Black Mission fig picture compliments of Terry LeBlanc
This rare fig is an old Italian fig brought here a hundred years ago by the Russo Family
is my favorite of the Green Figs. This is a tree given to us by our friend Ferd Flores
Our second Alma is from the parent tree of my friend Rick Coleman
fig in the yard is our Olympian, a gift from our friend Terry Bordelon of Arkansas.
Our grapes and Muscadines produce the wines we make
The Blue Berries
One of our four Blueberry Bushes
The Black Berries
A few of the thornless blackberries being trained on their trellis
The Southern Bartlett tree which is a variety tree with six varieties of our favorite pears
The Leona Pear, the best pear I grow.
The Jujube Tree
The Jujube Tree is a little known tree also known as Chinese Date
Jujube fruit processed and ready to dehydrate
The finished product , Candied Dates
The Persimmon Trees
The wonderful Saijo Persimmon
The Fuyu Persimmon
One day's harvest from the Fuyu Persimmon
We are gardening on a small one half acre lot and in order to utilize every space we have put the vegetable garden in very large containers and in raised beds in the wetter areas. We have learned a lot about container growing now and can tailor the growing medium to a specific crop and fertilize for that specific container.
Eggplants work well in containers as do peppers.
The Revolution Bell is our favorite Bell Pepper
Our Stuffing Pepper, the Tiburon Improved Poblano, when dehydrated becomes the Ancho used in many Mexican recipes.
onions are seeded thickly into a large container and then
later transplanted into our onion raised beds in December. They are usually harvested in May.
raised beds in the wet area of our yard.
Texas Legend Onion has proven to be a reliable performer here
in deep South Louisiana.
Our Garlic bed in the foreground and onion bed in background on a rainy morning in Summer with rain drops on the camera lens
2015 was a wet one with 81.3 inches of rainfall. Our 25 year average is 66.7 inches a year.
2016 was wetter and we saw 90.5 inches total.
Then 2017 produced 93.0 inches of rainfall here.
Beans and cucumber in one of the raised beds.
Our yard is our hobby where we grow the flowers we love, and fruit and vegetables to eat.
Travis & Diana Callahan
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