Four years ago (in a month five years) the jet stream dropped down from Canada bringing freezing temperatures to Tucson.
Two nights in a row the nighttime temperature was 18, unheard of in Tucson.
The foothill area I live in was hit very hard. Trees, cactus and plants were destroyed.
My small citrus grove was hit very hard.
This is what my tangelo tree look like before the freeze.
With a few wild and crazy Square Dogs running around.
In the background there is a tangelo, sweet orange. lemon
and one of the grapefruit trees.
One of the ruby red grapefruit trees that had to be cut down.
The branches had to be propped up because of all the fruit.
The limbs would touch the ground.
This was the sweetest grapefruit I ever had.
I miss this tree and the fruit very much.
Then the freeze hit.
When spring came instead of new growth and sweet smelling blossoms,
Tangelo, sweet orange and lemon.
In the first two years I lost the lemon, kumquat, grapefruit and half of the sweet orange.
This is what the tangelo looks like four years later.
Most of the inside branches are gone.
These branches protect the trunk and keep the tree strong.
The tree doctors/surgeons have been out several times.
I am thinking of weaving some sort of branches into the middle of the tree,
to help protect the main trunk.
I am not sure if that would help but I can only try.
This year was the best fruit production so far.
Up until this year each tree had little or no fruit.
I am trying to save as many of my citrus trees as I can because in the summer months
it is an osais for many birds and wild animals.
Here is your pretty for the start of the week
As I have posted before Gud Dug Watson loves fourtune cookies.
We had some Chinese take out last week and I save the cookies for him.