[Plantidote readers, please see special note at the end.] According to the Sunset Western Garden Guide, peach trees need some cold weather (below 45 degrees) to produce fruit. This winter, Zone 10 has been pretty chilly. Maybe that's why the peach trees are covered with blossoms. In fact, I've never seen so many blooms on these trees. But the book also says that if spring is cool and rainy, the peaches won't do well. They really like a hot weather growing season. So now we have to wait and see how spring turns out. In the meantime, the blossoms are beautiful and so colorful, they make the whole yard come alive!
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This poor tree has been blooming for years, but has never produced fruit. It needs (I'm guessing) cross pollination and there's no second tree. Last year I bought seeds to grow a new one, but they didn't even sprout. I promised the tree I would find it a mate, so one way or another, it's going to have fruit -- someday. Read below the fold...
A couple days ago, Correntian ydrasl sent me a story about the USDA's new plant hardiness zone map, in which my former Zone 10 has become Zone 9B. First of all, 9B sounds more like a shoe size than a garden zone, so that's not good. Second, if this is all the PTB intend to do about climate weirdness, we are well and truly ..... But wait -- I'm not done! Read below the fold...