What's happening today 2020


#101

It was almost 70 F and sunny today in my orchard in Tracy, California, beautiful conditions for grafting, and I’m stuck in Albuquerque, NM for work, and here it’s freezing rain with a forecast for snow in early morning! Leaving California in February is stupid!.. Unless you’re going to Hawaii. :wink:


#102

My neighbor has a 20-year old star fruit tree. Its quite impressive that he kept it alive all this while and it fruits decently. Interestingly, most of the fruits are on our side of the fence :slight_smile: Took this pic on Saturday

Unfortunately, the strong wind on Sunday knocked off most of the fruits (still not ripe) :disappointed_relieved:


#103

Will they ripen off the tree?


#105

That was my impression as well, people are afraid of new food.

Which new varieties did you settle on in the end?


#106

Not sure. I left them with the neighbor.


#107

While we were out last weekend, we stopped by Tractor Supply. I wanted to see if they had any fruit plants or trees in.

Looky what I found-

The trees were the usual bare root ones they have sold before, Honeycrisp, Red and Golden Delicious apples, Kieffer pear, and Redhaven peach. They cost $14 apiece, not bad esp for the apples, as they had some nice thickness to their trunks, about 1/2 inch.

They also had a nice assortment of raspberries, and a few black, blue and gooseberries.


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#108

Those are all bare-root, packed in wood shavings or shredded paper or sphagnum moss…right?


#109

I assume so, but I didn’t look into the bags they were packed in. Also no idea what rootstock they’re on. They also had a nectarine (Red Gold?) and Blue Damson plum.

Anybody familiar with Red Gold nectarines? I just did some research and they sound like a good yellow flesh nect.


#110

the mont cherry i got from them 2 yrs ago was in sawdust. got it for $7. only had i lower branch still alive so they gave it to me for half. its a healthy 6fter now.


#111

A better picture of Mimosa in Sorgue, France. Really beautiful and fragrant. Mrs. G


The blue color of the sky is real. I’ve never seen anything like it. Come visit!


#112

@mrsg47,
What’s the temp?

Lovely flowers against beautiful blue sky.


#113

50’s-60’s no snow this year. Usually there are up to three inches that last for a day. So no snow really does not make a difference. I will still take in my potted citrus!


#114

Is the ground there frozen?


#115

That doesn’t happen. No freeze. Maybe a bit of frost on puddles, but this year, nothing. There is snow occasionally, but not every year. This was a year without snow. The sun angles are strong and you can really feel the heat on your back as you walk in sunshine. The south of France seems to have rain for winter a tiny bit of fall and spring, then all sun. I’m here and missing you!


#116

If you are talking to me, then no. It’s a mucky, sloppy mess. I was just outside finishing wrapping up the bottom of my trees and it was not pleasant.

But I wanted to get them wrapped because it’s supposed to dip below 20 the next couple nights, and sunny days, so I wanted to protect them from sunscald damage. My cats followed me out there and were constantly underfoot, very annoying.


#117

That’s not mimosa as we know it in the US…so, any idea what the Latin botanical name is?
Not “albizzia julibrissin” obviously.


#118

Likely this one…


#119

Yes, it’s a dead ringer for the invasive acacia we have here in the Bay Area. It drives my sinuses crazy this time of year.


#120

Sorry, thought you were talking to me. Oops


#121

Oh, I was pretty sure your ground doesn’t freeze there!