I have been planting trees. I bought four trees and planted them then I ordered four more trees from an organization that works with the electric company and sells/delivers trees to promote energy efficiency. So far there are eight newly planted trees four Mesquites one each Palo Verde, Apple, Apricot,Desert Willow. Three of the Mesquites and the Willow are little things. I hope they survive and grow although it may take years. The fruit trees will also take about three years to produce fruit if they produce fruit. One has to try or you don’t get fruit.
The growing area here is odd in that on occasion it gets hard freezes then snow, not much maybe an inch. The there are long periods of drought, then comes the Monsoons. Monsoons come in during the summer and are sometime violent thunderstorms causing flash floods and damage from high winds and huge down pours of rain in a few minutes. Spring brings high winds sometimes up to forty miles an hour. Summers are hot sometimes exceeding one hundred degrees for two or more months. Anything that grows here is either tough or protected and cared for, if not it is gone.
By planting trees and perennials I hope to increase the curb appeal and shade of the place and if I keep it I hope I get fruit someday.
Here are some photos of the trees and some plants I’m trying to grow.