I told a guy at a party last week that I was concerned about my Celeste fig tree (this was a very grown-up party, despite the free-flowing mojitos). He said, "You put it in the ground, all the leaves dropped off." I said, "Yes!" He said, "Don't worry about it. Water it for two weeks, then let it go. It'll be fine. They all do that." And indeed the little tree appears to be doing just great now, especially since we've had some heavy rains lately—except that those rains have knocked all the unripe figs off.
Star (Confederate) jasmine vines were half off at the garden store, so I got another one—a big one. I'm hoping this new vine and the old one will join up at some point along the fence next to the bedroom window:
In order to fill out the space between them, I took some cuttings, dipped them in rooting hormone, and stuck them in the ground:
We'll see what happens. I don't expect it to look and smell as amazing as the jasmine outside our window in Florida, at least not right away. But give it a few years and it'll probably be close to this:
And in the meantime, for Mr. Chalmers there's this: