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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Sep 16, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Oooooh! Goats! Cheese! Wine! Lovey dubby
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Sep 16, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Bravo, Lilli! Wine is indeed the perfect accompaniment! Hilarious! Thumbs up
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 16, 2017 2:34 PM CST
I like goat cheese too! Goat cheese and figs with a nice chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. Or a very thin crust pizza (with no sauce) with goat cheese, caramelized onions and artichoke hearts. When it comes out of the oven, drizzle it with some aged balsamic vinegar and fresh arugula and chopped figs.

I'm hungry now... Drooling
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 16, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Sticking tongue out will have to try that, but leave out the arugula. Fresh figs are almost impossible to get here. I don't think I've ever eaten a fresh one. Like the dried ones though.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Sep 16, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Fresh figs! Love them! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 17, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Rob ~ You sound like quite the gourmet chef!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Sep 17, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Jan, I was in Anderson Valley a few weeks ago, but didn't realize that was your neighborhood. Passed through on my way from Cloverdale to Mendocino and stopped to buy some wine at Navarro Vineyards, since I like their Chardonnay. Lovely area!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Sep 17, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Andrea, if you come through in the spring, like April, hopefully I'll have lots of iris in bloom! I like the Navarro Chardonnay too!
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Sep 17, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Jan, Deal!
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 17, 2017 6:42 PM CST
tveguy3 said:Liz, I have started to just plant a doz or so of the seeds, not 50 or 60 of each like I did at first. I'll see what I get and can always plant more of them or make more of that cross if I get good results. Or in some cases pass the extra seeds onto someone else who wants them. Of course you're much younger then I am and have more energy. Smiling I've also limited some of my crosses to attaining goals that I'm trying to achieve rather then just crossing pretty ones to see what I get. I got really behind in culling due to the hail storm this year that nearly wiped out the bloom on my seedling beds. I wasn't able to do any culling at all of my last two years of seedlings. That makes for lots of beds to keep weeding.


That sounds like a good idea. I'll plant a handful of each and if I like the results I can go from there.
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 17, 2017 6:46 PM CST
janwax said:Another goat cheese lover here! Hurray! Hurray! (In another life I raised Nubian goats). Sounds like you have an interesting plan, Liz!
Hubs and I had a B&B for 4 and a half years. It was a lot of work, but yes, fun, at times.We also
were producing pottery at the same time. It was making, making, making, all the time...beds, laundry, breakfast (freshly
baked croissants every morning!)and conversation! - After breakfast the guests would want to see what we had in the pottery studio gallery, so we had to find time to make pots! This was more than 30 years ago, so we had the energy to do it. When one of the guests wanted to buy the place, we were ready to get back to just making ceramics, and were able to buy the acreage we're on now - just 6 miles from our old B & B ! It was a good experience - one that coincided with our beautiful valley's "discovery" by the wineries, that resulted in increased tourism.
If you have lots of energy, a B & B can be a good adventure.


I appreciate you sharing about your B & B experience Jan! I may message you at a later time to pick your brain more. I do realize how much work it will be and I have considered just focusing on the cheese stuff when I'm older. Right now I like keeping busy so I'm up for the challenge. There will be 2 families involved so that helps. Hopefully some of you will make it up to VT in the Spring to enjoy the irises and maybe take some home to lessen my burden of how much work it will be to maintain those gardens nodding
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 17, 2017 6:46 PM CST
UndertheSun said:I like goat cheese too! Goat cheese and figs with a nice chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. Or a very thin crust pizza (with no sauce) with goat cheese, caramelized onions and artichoke hearts. When it comes out of the oven, drizzle it with some aged balsamic vinegar and fresh arugula and chopped figs.

I'm hungry now... Drooling


Delicious! I'm hungry too.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 18, 2017 11:06 AM CST
You have lots of really great sounding plans. You go girl!

Anyone who wants fresh figs - I have tons of them right now. The crop was really large this year. And the fig tree/bushes (mine are more tall bush like than big trees) take zero care. Easiest fruit in the world. Give them sun, leave them alone, and get two crops a year.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Sep 18, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Sad but funny story, my mom told me this story. My grandfather loved figs and planted a fig tree in his yard and babied it for many years. Never got a fig off the tree! The year after he passed away the tree was loaded with figs! So maybe he babied it TO much. I think my grandfather died in the 1950's, so I have no idea what type of fig tree it was.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 18, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Leslie, your neighborhood thief will no doubt take some figs. Smiling If you lived closer I'd come and get some, I've never had a fresh one.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 18, 2017 1:24 PM CST
Oh the fig thieves still are taking some! I notice when ones I plan to pick after another day in the sun are missing by the time I go to pick them.

They are very sweet this year. And you would find them quite different than the died figs Tom. Especially since you don't notice the seeds at all in the fresh ones. Maybe next year I can send you a box of them in a cooler pack.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Sep 18, 2017 1:36 PM CST
"They are very sweet this year. And you would find them quite different than the died figs Tom. Especially since you don't notice the seeds at all in the fresh ones. Maybe next year I can send you a box of them in a cooler pack." (partial quote).

haha leslie, i laughed out loud with this little freudian slip. my fingers do that all the time.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 18, 2017 3:20 PM CST
I lost my old good fig tree to the drought. It was loaded every year with large figs. A baby from that tree has sprouted up in another part of the garden and is growing well, but it only produces (smaller than) ping pong ball sized figs. I managed to get a handful of them this year, the critters got all of the rest. Glare I think I have a photo of the dead tree somewhere in my files.

Another baby tree sprouted up a few years ago, but I dug it up and gave it to my neighbor. That tree is now huge and full of figs, but he has it planted in his septic leech fields....ewwww. He has offered some fruit...thanks, but no thanks.

I have another baby fig tree in a pot that is going to be planted at either my nephews, or my sisters house.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 19, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Ping Pong Ball size is a pretty big fig. The brown turkey figs that grow here rarely get much larger. The largest are off the old growth (start forming over winter) and the birds usually steal them all. The new growth figs are smaller and more plentiful.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Jan 30, 2018 5:14 PM CST
And I've finally finished this thread. Whew! Awesome season and thread! Can't wait to see what your future holds. Keep up the great work, Liz Thumbs up
Gimme it and I'll grow it!

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