As part of our farm garden project, we fenced in some land for an small orchard. It was formerly a buffer strip of land next to Cook Creek which is not even a trickle of water right now and only a small trickle during wet times of the year. We found bought three trees at a nursery outside our normal range of travel but definitely much cheaper than our local nursery and stuck them in the ground earlier this spring with hopes of getting more when the nurseries started putting end of the year discounts on them. This spring they looked so good and they have looked pretty good until the last several weeks which saw several torrential rains. Above is how we found them on an early morning visit to the farm and I'm guessing two have definitely succumbed to the excess moisture.
Above is the sour cherry tree which only has two discolored leaves that aren't fully brown.
Above is a plumcot that has a few green leaves still. I'm hopeful that it might have enough of a chance to pull through it things go better during the last half of the year.
This is the other plumcot tree and it looks like a goner. Of all the nursery bought trees, these three represent the only ones I have ever lost so I hope it is just a fluke. I think they came with a one year guarantee where we might get 50% of our money back but I have to find the paperwork and see if it is even worth the cost of gas to drive up there and back just to claim.
As depressing as it is to lose all the trees in the nursery, we haven't given up yet and while strolling through our local nursery using up some coupons they give us all year round only to be used in July before they close out their fiscal year, we ran across four pear trees that were marked 50% off. Since it would be four days before I could get a chance to go down to the farm, I didn't buy them that day and went back the night before I was going to the farm. There were still three left and since there was only two more days before the fiscal year ended, I negotiated them for 75% off. The next morning we were up at 4 a.m. and with the trees in tow, headed to the farm where I planted them as dawn greeted us. Being cheap, I stole the support stakes and rubber tie downs from the three dying/dead trees and staked these down. We are now a week from out last rain so the soil was nice to work with. There is no more rain in our forecast and since this is typically our dry part of the year, I now will probably have to water them myself the rest of the year but at least I can hopefully control that more than mother nature and they will survive.
One more look at the makings of our orchard with the dead and the new trees with the rising sun in the background.