Oranges and Lemons

west_gardenerMarch 1, 2014

Hi all,
With all the crazy weather, frost, drought and now a few days of heavy wind and a lot of rain I was concerned about my citrus trees. But they seem to be ok. The oranges are smaller than usual but that is understandable.
I think the trees will soak up every drop of moisture they can, and the fruits will probably split.
I took the photos today. It was windy, so I hope they are ok,

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west_gardener

Lemons

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:01PM
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west_gardener

Lemons again.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:02PM
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west_gardener

Tiny orange buds, getting ready for next year. I wonder what kind of year they will have.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:06PM
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gandle(4 NE)

Looks delicious

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:35PM
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mawheel

What lovely trees to have in one's back yard and actually to be able to pick fruit from them. The price of Navel oranges has stayed steady at $1 per orange in my area since early Fall; even at WalMart, they have been $.78 per orange.

The lemon tree brought to mind for me the Triny Lopez version of "The Lemon Tree". After checking to make sure I had his name correct, I read that Peter, Paul, and Mary had the most popular rendition, but in my head, I hear Triny singing.

WG, thanks for reassuring us that eventually, warm(er) weather will reach the rest of the country! :-)

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 4:21PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Wow, those look good. I just can smell the oranges and lemons.
I just was going to ask how you Californians are doing with all that rain. We are waiting for ice.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 5:06PM
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gabriell_gw

I can't imagine being able to walk out my door and pick fresh lemons and oranges. Good for you!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 7:17PM
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west_gardener

mwhee and all, let's celebrate the lemon tree with music.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lemon tree

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 8:06PM
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gmatx_gw zone 6

You lucky thing you! I'll have an orange for breakfast tomorrow and if you will, let me know when you ship me that lemon pie so I can be on the lookout for it......LOL My poor dwarf lemon and lime trees in the greenhouse are pathetic. The fragrance when they DO bloom is heavenly.

How is the rain situation there? Woke to 9F this morning around 7 A.M. and it's still 9F. Slick this morning going to and from church/town.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 4:46PM
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mawheel

WG, thanks for posting that link; that's the version/sound I have going through my head. I don't know the words to the verses, but I awake in the middle of the night with the chorus going full blast!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 5:54PM
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don_socal

The citrus bloom smell is great and pittosporum has the same or very similar smell, lots of both around here.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 6:27PM
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west_gardener

The rain situation here in Silicon Valley has been good. It started with a few showers and when the deluge came it just soaked into the ground. We are lucky because I see on the news that there are floods, flash floods and mudslides in other parts of CA.
Talking about the scent of citrus trees, it is wonderful.
Below is a pic of the fallen blossoms from a spring bloom.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 7:53PM
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surya55_gw

Oh wow! What great pics! I wish I could grow those one day... thx for sharing.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 9:42AM
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