Monday, January 13, 2014

parley view parsnip, citrus trees, frozen fruit and some wild critters


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.
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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.
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A family of javelinas running past the sweet orange and  lemon tree
towards the grapefruit trees.
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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.
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This was the sweetest grapefruit I ever had.
I miss this tree and the fruit very much.
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Then the freeze hit.
When spring came instead of new growth and sweet smelling blossoms,
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this is what my citrus trees looked like.
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So vey sad.
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Tangelo, sweet orange and lemon.
In the first two years I lost the lemon, kumquat, grapefruit and half of the sweet orange.
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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.
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As thehamish would say oh woe is me.
Woe !
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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.
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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.
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Gud old dug Watson I lurve him.
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hahahahahahahahahahahaha
guess who ?

tangelo. . . parsnip
music. . . Shattered,  O.A.R.
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11 comments:

  1. Yikes! That's a lot of damage.

    Watson's perfecting his Jaws pose, I see.

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    1. It broke my heart to look out. My big studio window looks out on the trees.
      Watson is gently taking the cookie, thehamish is being thehamish

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    2. Grapefruit tree how very sad. I always get very upset when nature battles against its own gems xxxxx

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    3. The best grapefruit It was a Ruby Red, thin shinned, loaded with sweet fruit.

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  2. Is that a chicken strip I see?

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    1. It is part of a fortune cookie. He loves them. I must have 50 photos of him eating them

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  3. I hope the tree can be saved.

    Hello, Square Ones!

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    1. Well, rough estimate the trees are at lest 45 + years old so they had a hard time recovering.

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  4. 'This year was the best fruit production so far.
    Up until this year each tree had little or no fruit.'

    This fills my heart.

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  5. Regarding the freeze and the trees: YERT!
    «Louis» hopes the recent cold snap didn't hurt them more!

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  6. Neat! I've never seen javelinas before! Sorry about your fruit trees.

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