Etcetera is the important part here We must adhere to a schedule. As mentioned earlier, this winter generated the only snow for most regions here since 1976, and more flooding since 1982. By local standards, this winter was severe. It seemed to continue longer than it should have, as if to delay spring and the chores that come with it. I managed to prune a disfigured lemon tree, perhaps more than I wanted to, but effectively so. It was a good reminder of what time of year this really is. The weather is presently pleasant. More rain is expected for tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. However, it is not expected to be as torrential as it had been. No more frost is expected.

1. Snow looks silly on top of a Mexican fan palm, Washingtonia robusta. This was weeks ago and hundreds of miles to the south, but is amusing nonetheless. Brent sent it to me.

2. Rain fell faster than it could drain through the recently canned Canna. Their drainage holes are likely in the middle of the bottoms of these cans, rather than around the edges.

3. Wind blew limbs and trees down all over. Then, after it stopped blowing, this Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, fell across the Roaring Camp Railroad behind the barn here.

4. Frost should be done for the year. So, I pruned the structurally compromised Eureka lemon, Citrus limon ‘Eureka’, and processed a few of the scraps into ungrafted cuttings.

5. Lemons were another byproduct of pruning. Most are not yet completely ripe though. Several ripe lemons are always available, but the primary phase should ripen about now.

6. Rhody has been a good sport through all the unusually wintry weather this winter. He is pleased to get outside more now. We got a similar but cuter picture for next Saturday.

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24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Snow, Rain, Wind, Frost, Etcetera

    1. Well, they are merely the common ‘Eureka’ lemons, and happen to be slightly underripe. They are acidifying, but lack the flavor of the more popular ‘Meyer’. They are used to add tartness more than flavor. The crew is pleased with them nonetheless.

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  1. Weather chaos, and who knows where we are going with that. Rhody get to have fun outside more now, good, and you can go do all the things you want/need to do. A cuter picture of Rhody? How can that be?

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  2. I have a few photos of snow on our various palms from the last well-behaved system that came through, and I still enjoy looking at them. It’s been years — it isn’t at all a common occurrence here in coastal Texas — but when it happens, everyone turns into a kid.

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    1. Some degree of craziness is expected within most climates. This climate is famously mild and predictable though, which is why the forests do not know how to accommodate snow.
      Lemon trees are very productive. These lemons are merely the few that remain from a large box full of lemons, and they were taken mostly from pruning scraps.

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  3. I hope the snow hasn’t caused any problems for plants where you are? We’ve had a lot of frosts but little snow here in the East of England. We had heavy snow for a morning which melted by the afternoon. I’m ok with not having more snow. I’ll leave that to people living up north.

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    1. Damage was surprisingly minimal. Wind and rain are causing more damage because they will not stop. This crazy weather is likely no worse than normal weather there. It is extreme here only because the climate here is so mild and predictable.


    1. All pictures of Rhody are excellent, even if I can not get a good one.
      The lemon cuttings are, . . . . shall we say, substandard. I just plugged them because I generated scraps from pruning, and would like more lemon trees. The problem is that they are not grafted. There is already an ungrafted ‘Ponderosa’ lemon here, but that cultivar does not get very big. ‘Eureka’ lemon gets quite large, even on dwarfing rootstock. I do not know what it will do without understock. I have worked with standard trees, and they are very large. Also, I have noticed ‘Eureka’ lemon trees in nurseries ‘on their own roots’. I sort of wonder why someone else would grow them like that, or what those trees . . . do.

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      1. Challenge? My main challenge is keeping them contained. When I grew citrus, all but ‘Meyer’ lemon, which was ungrafted, were grafted onto the same shaddock rootstock. Yet, they all grew to different mature sizes. ‘Eureka’ and ‘Lisbon’ lemon’ grew the biggest, and did not cooperate with pruning. ‘Sanguinelli’ bloom orange was almost as big, but more cooperative.

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    1. The difference is that snow is NORMAL there. It is very rare here, and has not happened like this since 1976. A little bit can be a big problem for forests that are not accustomed to it. Ironically, snow is more detrimental to the redwoods and firs that are not accustomed to it than the palms, which simply fold back like umbrellas. California fan palm, which are like stouter versions of Mexican fan palm are from desert regions, so do not mind cold weather, and might experience more snow in the wild than they do here and in the Los Angeles Region.


    1. The palm will be fine. It can tolerate more snow than that merely by folding back like an umbrella. Ironically, Douglas fir trees, which are native to snowy climates, are more vulnerable to damage from snow if they never experienced it before.

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