[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!
NOTE: Good news: I have work. Bad news: I can't do Plantidotes until the work is done. Would anyone -- maybe a couple of people -- like to take over, starting next week? It's actually not difficult or very time consuming. I can provide details if anyone is interested. Just email me at: email@example.com. KTXBAI! Read below the fold...
Spring is Coming, Part 2
Fruit tree in bloom
No need to explain, right? What could be more beautiful than a fruit tree in bloom on a perfect spring day? Now all we need to do is make it through the next few months. Good luck!!
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I must be getting old. When I shot this a couple days ago, I knew the name of the red and bright pink flowers. Now I can't remember what it is. (The little purple ones are pansies -- even I know that!)
So please do me a favor -- some flower/garden person who still has functioning brain cells, throw me a bone and tell me what it is, so I can write up the details. Assuming I don't forget, of course ;-)
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At least I think that's what this is. Persian ivy has large, heart-shaped leaves and this sort of does, so I'm sticking with that unless someone has a better idea. A very popular plant here in Zone 10 for covering walls and fences. Right now, the new spring growth is so bright and shiny, it's almost a glow-in-the-dark green. Read below the fold...
This is one of the most amazing trees around my area. It is massive, it blooms profusely, and has the best "let me climb a tree" trunk systems.
I have no idea what it is, possibly a Cherry, but I can't figure out which.
Here's the tree from a distance: Read below the fold...
Super tulips for Super Tuesday. What could be more ...ummm...super? Actually, tulips are pretty super -- there's dozens of varieties in every color imaginable, and hybridizers seem to come up new ones all the time. Since I'm sure you're dying to know, my favorites are parrot tulips -- just because they're so out there. Read below the fold...
Prunus Serrulata "Shirotae"
Mt. Fuji Cherry Tree
A touch of Spring here in January, as a reminder. This particular cherry tree is the Mt. Fuji. There are a number of varieties of Prunus Serrulata, and these are not the Cherry trees found in the DC Tidal Basin. Read below the fold...
How strange to greet, this frosty morn,
In graceful counterfeit of flower,
These children of the meadows, born
Of sunshine and of showers!
from Flowers in Winter by John Greenleaf Whittier
Correntian Eureka Springs spotted these little flowers a few weeks ago, when it was still winter. Now that it's officially spring, enjoy! Read below the fold...
Good morning and happy Spring, everybody! Just a reminder: a blog isn't a person's whole life; it's probably a mistake to think you "know someone" or what they think, entire, based on (some) blog posts. Jes sayin, as I was skimming the blogosphere this morning and read some strongly worded but rather incorrect stuff about various bloggers I happen to know in RL, including myself. It's always amusing to learn "what I'm thinking" from people who have no idea what else is happening in my nonblogging life, nor the process by which I choose to (not) post on topic(s). Read below the fold...