Lala your figs look beautiful. Does anyone know if fig trees will grow in St. Louis? I grew up in Houston and we had figs there. I am here now, and I can grow certain things not officially in my zone. I have beautiful Crape Myrtles here, they just bloom later. I bought large tomato plants and we have had tomatoes since around the 4th of July.
Three different times, we lived in the St. Louis, MO, area. When we lived in the Bellefonatine Neighbors area, friends down our then country road, grew--and shared with us-- the biggest, tastiest, most flavorful, reddest, most beautiful tomatoes I have ever eaten in my life.
That was in the 70's, and I still compare every tomato I eat to those, that were the BEST ever! My step-father came from Los Angeles to visit us there on two separate occasions, and each morning he walked down the lane to purchase his "day's supply" of tomatoes from our gardener friend. He also spoke of those tomatoes all through the years until he passed away. I have no idea what made those MO tomatoes so much better than any I have ever had, but I sure would enjoy one right now!!!
I lived in north AL, just below the TN state line off and on for several years. I remember how surprised I was to discover fig trees in the area. I had just never even thought about fig trees growing or where they grew until I saw those. All my figs prior to that had come dried from the market in boxes or packages.
A daughter of mine, in South AL, also has fig trees. YUM!