The Loquat is very happy where I planted her, next to a bench.The Garden has changed over the past 6 years all the while, the Loquat was thriving with little attention. The Saint and I often sit on the bench in the evenings and enjoy all the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds swooping down on the beautiful flowers. During the winter months, this beauty is full of green for us to enjoy. In the spring time, she is full of new growth as you can see in this picture above, snapped on March 21, 2010. She survived the rare 7 inches of snow we had this winter. Look how her green makes the white fence pop!
I love this Loquat and her scented blooms in mid-October. I was hoping for her to bare fruit in time.
Imagine my surprise when I returned from a 10 day visit to TN to see this in my garden!
Yep, my once beautiful thriving Japanese Loquat is now dead! I have no idea what happen to her. One day she was fine and the next, gone! I have several things in mind.
1. The snow from winter damaging her. I find this hard to believe as she looked so healthy up until now.
2. A really hot spring until now. We have had the hottest Spring, Summer and early Fall in the 10 years we have lived in Georgia. But the Loquat has survived hot drought conditions for 3 of her 6 years with us.
3. A bug of some type may have gotten to her like maybe a Pine Beetle type bug. I do not see any signs of a bug but will investigate as I take her down.
4. A Vole eating her roots. I doubt this would happen but there are Voles in this area.
5. Maybe the main root found an air pocket in the ground. I am suspecting this as there were once 8 large trees in this area. I fear that the old roots rotted and left air pockets in the soil.
My Garden is full of mysteries this year. I will be taking down this once glorious tree and hopefully, I will get some answers. I am so sad about the LOQUAT; NO MORE, In the Garden...
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