These pictures seemed to be interesting when I took them. Only now I notice that there are no flowers here. Actually, there are not many flowers in the landscape where these pictures were taken anyway. Until last year, the facility associated with the landscape was used mostly during summer; so most flowers were selected to bloom during summer. Winter can be quite bland.

Also, for such a mild climate, winter can be surprisingly cool in some cooler exposed locales. Mild frost is normal. On rare occasion, if the weather is just so, puddles can get a thin layer of ice.

1. Lemon ripens this time of year. This pale greenish yellow color will become brighter yellow soon. I suspect that these are ‘Eureka’ lemon, but they crop very heavily in season, like ‘Lisbon’.

2. Flowering cherry will be spectacular in spring, but looks horrid now. This particular tree does not defoliate completely until just prior to bloom. It does this annually. This tree is ‘Kwanzan’.

3. Silver wattle is an an aggressively invasive exotic species locally. Fortunately, there is not much within the landscapes here. Now there is even less. I know it will regenerate from its roots.

4. Argyle apple is a silly name for this Eucalyptus cinerea. It grew from the lignotuber of an overgrown tree that was discarded from a retail nursery in Los Osos. The silver foliage is striking.

5. Lawson cypress also has strikingly silvery foliage. It is not as silvery as that of Argyle apple, but is slightly more bluish. The color of both species seems to be more striking through winter.

6. Ice is rare here, but possible. Of course, it is not as bad as it looks. It is very thin. Winter weather is innately mild here, which limits cultivation of apples and pears than require more chill.

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20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: No Flowers – Again

    1. I normally take lemons for granted. They grow like . . . well, like lemons. I just happen to be fond of that particular tree because it is where various neighbors can take what they want from it. All I need to do is prune it down. (Lisbon and Eureka lemon, even on dwarfing understock, try to grow rather tall.)
      The eucalyptus was not what I thought it was. I mean, it was labeled as Eucalyptus cinerea, which is exactly what it is. However, I knew that species as Eucalyptus pulverulenta, and thought that Eucalyptus cinerea was what Eucalyptus pulverulenta actually is. There is a Eucalyptus pulverulenta there already. I thought that it was a Eucalyptus cinerea, so thought that I was planting another of the same.

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      1. Well they are definitely not seen on every street corner here, sounds wonderful, just plucking off a lemon when you want one. Whatever the name of the eucalyptus, it is lovely. Have a great week and love to Rhody x

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  1. As we are not going to the shops we cannot but our seasonal Seville oranges, the traditional ingredient for our home-made marmalade. I would welcome a bucket of your beautiful lemons as a substitute and we could have lemon marmalade instead.

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    1. Now that is a name I have not heard in a while. When I grew citrus, we grew only a few ‘Seville’ oranges. They were the least popular cultivar, and one of only two cultivars that grew on its own roots (without grafting). The other cultivar that grew on its own roots was the ‘Meyer’ lemon, which was the most popular cultivar. I think it is funny that a car of notoriously bad quality is known as ‘lemon’, but that one of the most elegant cars of the late 1970s was the ‘Seville’.

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      1. Seville oranges come into our shops in January each year and that is when we make our marmalade. Nothing shop bought is as good.

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      2. Because ‘Seville’ orange is so rare here, marmalade is made with lemon, both ‘Eureka’ and ‘Meyer’. ‘Rangpur’ lime, which is actually a sour Mandarin orange, works very will also. ‘Bearss’ lime is a bit too mild when ripe, and tastes a bit too unripe when unripe (duh) and green, but some people like it. Sweet oranges supposedly make decent marmalade as well.

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      3. Seville oranges come into our shops each January and it is our time to make marmalade – and nothing one can buy is as good!

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    1. Really? Sometimes I think that I am the only one who appreciates them. They seem to be somewhat cheap and common in Oregon and Washington, like junipers here. (I happen to like junipers too.) I do not know why they are so uncommon here.

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  2. I’d give up flowers for some lemons! The roots of that silver wattle look like a thug’s roots – not unlike the dogwoods that seem to be taking over a bed through layering. I didn’t notice them at first but this year they have just gone that step too far!

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    1. The lemon tree blooms randomly and sporadically whenever it wants to, which is typical of ‘Eureka’. However, most of the fruit is ready within a limited season, like ‘Lisbon’. ‘Eureka’ is a home garden type, which, although less productive in season, always has fresh lemons available. ‘Lisbon’ is an orchard type, because all the fruit ripens in season, without stray fruit. This tree behaves sort of like both cultivars, with most of the fruit in season, but with plenty of stray fruit too. I used to grow citrus trees, so should know what this one is, but I don’t.
      Silver wattle and broom are the most aggressively invasive exotic species here. They seed SO profusely. Although they are relatively easy to pull up when young, they can regenerate to a limited degree from remaining roots. I will need to go back to remove suckers later. We pull up the roots because if we just cut them down, they most certainly regenerate very vigorously from the stumps! Removing the trunk below the roots makes all the difference.


    2. Those red twig dogwoods should not be as bad as they seem. They just need to be pruned back annually once they are brought under control. They produce those tall shoots in their first year after getting pruned back, but should not layer them until they are two years old. I coppice mine annually. Really though, I prefer to pull a few up annually and dispose of them.


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