Party star Prunus persica: Kill the Baby Peaches II
by John Packard - posted 08/11/13

The star of the party was Prunus persica, the belle of the ball, the “Yellow Rose of Texas.”

Another beautiful day for our annual party.


Sure the hens played 4 tense rounds of Bingo, then returned to the roost with a flock of kids in hot hectic pursuit. 

CSB V featured 4 tense rounds of bingo, and you best show up on time,

cause out here in the country the girls roost when the sun sets!


And the Cathouse Drifters swung the grounds like fruit heavy branches swaying in the summer breeze. 

Hank Thomas of the Cathouse Drifters


The sun goes down and the dancers come out.


But it was that ‘Reliance’ Peach tree behind the stage that stole the show.


Behind the stage a 'Reliance' Peach tree stole the show.


Friends left setting up for the party—Chicken Sh*t Bingo V— chins drizzling juice, only to return later to fill their water bottles with beer and their kit pockets with a peach for their honey, and a half dozen more for the boys.  Clients too, stuffed pockets and faces, cowboy shirts soaked with sweet syrup from a peach at its perfection, wondering when and where we could plant theirs?  And kids just take that 2nd, 3rd and 4th fresh picked peach; they don’t ask and they don’t have to cause lovely freely given is many fold returned.


Even the band got some, after every burger, cob of corn and guest was gone.


Branches so heavy with fruit even the band got some.


So if there’s room for only 1 tree in your southern Wisconsin orchard, ‘Reliance’ Peach is a fine choice... and maybe you best get over here, help me kill this keg, clean the yard, and dare to eat a fresh picked peach.



It’s your lucky day, because someone killed the baby peaches.





John Packard has spent most of his life working in and enjoying the outdoors. During high school and after college he labored and lived on a 200 acre produce farm in Pennsylvania. In 1993 he moved permanently to Wisconsin, where he has gardened and landscaped ever since. As a partner in Mother Nature and Sons (1995-2002) he helped introduce natural garden design and organic maintenance to south-eastern Wisconsin. Since 2003 he has owned and operated Botanica Fine Gardens and Landscapes in Lake Geneva. Botanica emphasizes gardening in harmony with nature, land stewardship and horticultural best practice. John’s horticultural interests include: woodland and prairie restoration, vegetables, conifers, native plants, weed management, artisanal stonework, and enjoying the fruits of his labors with good friends, beer and music at the end of the day.