The newest addition to my yard is a Celeste fig. I planted it about two weeks ago after coveting the figs appearing around town at nurseries. When the article on figs appeared on the cover of Texas Gardener magazine, I knew it was a sign. I finally plunked $20 down for an attractive sapling with growth on many shoots and brought it home.
I never thought it would be so tough to find a good spot. But I needed sun and irrigation. I had a great spot back to the side of my septic field with full sun all the time, but I couldn’t get any irrigation on a regular schedule back there and hauling a hose constantly back and forth seemed silly. I finally decided on a spot on the other side, just off the grass line and just out of the drip line of a big live oak. It gets full sun in the morning and late afternoon and I hope that will prove to be enough. And the lawn sprinklers will give it regular water.
I remember picking figs when I was growing up from a tree somewhere in my childhood, although I can’t rememeber by which of the many houses I lived in it might have been. But I hope to create some memories for my children of the beauty of picking fruit right at home and savoring that warm sweetness right off the tree.