CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE GARDEN

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 25-12-2015

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Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

 

I can hardly call our vegetable garden a garden this Christmas.  We have been taught that Mother Nature has her way when it is set by El Nino.  Our late summer plantings were all beat down by the overwhelming rains.  After three re-plantings,  I quit.

Green house under construction

Green house under construction

I am building a green house which will be attached to the ground level of my home and I plan to start the spring seedlings as soon as my son and I finish building it.  In the meantime,   I will have to be content with my memories  from the past and those wonderful blooms that exist in this warm weather we are enjoying.  Last winter was very cold again and as the year before, we got very few citrus  —  except for the tangerines that were produced by the root stock trees that had come up around the original tangerine tree.

Root stock tangerines

Root stock tangerines

Tangerines - thousands of Tangerines

Tangerines – thousands of Tangerines

They are a smaller fruit and very seedy and certainly not as sweet as the original tree but as the winter comes on, they sweeten a little so as to be eatable.  In fact, I have developed a preference for them over the sweeter originals.  The trees are bending over and hugging the ground with their burden of fruit.  There is no way I will be able to eat, give away or convert to marmalade and jelly the volume that these little gems have presented.  I will hate to see them fall to the ground in march but there is little I can do.   If they were apples I could give some to the horses but they will have nothing to do with them.  I can only hope that I will have this problem with the other varieties that the garden grows next year.

Our warm weather has also allowed many of the flowering plants to give a great winter display.  My Jean-Pierre (or Jean-Phillip or whatever) rose is in full bloom again for the 4th time this year.

Old world French rose

Old world French rose

The camellias are starting and promise to really show well this winter

Camillia

Camillia

The bloom to come.

The bloom to come.

Camillia

Camillia

and I have the ever-spreading seedless morning glory blooming and invading every corner of my English garden.  Word of warning, Don’t allow the beauty of this flower convince you to plant it.

Enjoy this flower online and not in your garden.

Enjoy this flower online and not in your garden.

I guarantee that you will regret that you did.  I was warned but disregarded the advice and can only advance it to you as it is too late for my garden (I am at war).

 

Christmas turkey needs carving so I will stop.

 

Merry Christmas to you all.

 

Gordon

 

Horses eating their Christmas dinner.

Horses eating their Christmas dinner.

 

 

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Happy New Year…bummer about the tangerines. Can’t wait to see how things progress. We are still waiting for the deluge here in So. Cal with the El Nino. Pray for rain here.

I also had a war with the morning glory…it is an evil plant…be forewarned anyone considering it!

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