This mornings harvest and other ramblings.

genecolin(Zone 9, LA)July 12, 2010

I got up early to beat the birds, although there aren't as many now, .177 seems to be working. I picked a gallon from my Celeste and had a feast on them. They go great after a couple of cups of coffee and before breakfast. Here is a picture of what was left after I had my fun. Actually, I had taken pictures before I ate any but while looking for them to post, the pictures were not on my card.

I also got a treat from some purple grapes also. These used to be grown by my Dad years ago. I had started myself a vine and planted it down the bayou where it got neglected when we move out. 3 years ago, I came upon a small vine with grape like leaves growing in the grass near where the vine had been growing. Taking a chance that it might be the same one and not a wild grape, I air layered a portion of it. I cut it off the mother in the fall and planted it where Dad had his originally. Now it's bearing beautifully and bountifully, happy to be back home.

I also have some green ones that are just getting ripe. Another week and I be swimming in grapes.

Grapes are good, but figs are GREAT.

"gene"

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jstall(8 N.E.TX)

Fantastic! Gene is that dark grape a Flame grape?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 7:33AM
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genecolin(Zone 9, LA)

Hi Joe, no it's not. Just an unknown purchased by my Dad years ago.
"gene"

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 7:38AM
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Joeray(Z9 LA)

Gene:
Those look like bunch grapes; according to prevailing gardening wisdom, you can't grow those in Louisiana. Yet you seem to be doing it quite well. I'm amazed. JoeRay

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 12:19AM
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noss(Zone 9a Lafayette, LA)

JoeRay,

What's a bunch grape? I've never seen grapes that don't grow in a bunch. Is that a variety of grape, then?

Vivian

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 1:32AM
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genecolin(Zone 9, LA)

JoeRay, I guess no one told me that. So much for text book wisdom. I've acutally seen that written before but until you try something and prove it yourself you really don't know. Both are bunch grapes as opposed to muscadines which appear singular and in small groups. I'm not much into grapes. These have a unique flavor that make them a winner in my book. If left on the vine longer they become almost black and sweeter but as soon as they turn the color as pictured, they are good to eat. The skins are bitter on the red and slightly so on the green. The green was bought at Lowes as a Thompson seedless, which it isn't, or perhaps the climate here make the skins tough.
"gene"

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 4:56AM
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