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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-19

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peach blossom

Prunus persica

Peach blossom

[Plantidote readers, please see special note at the end.] According to the Sunset Western Garden Guide, peach trees need some cold weather (below 45 degrees) to produce fruit. This winter, Zone 10 has been pretty chilly. Maybe that's why the peach trees are covered with blossoms. In fact, I've never seen so many blooms on these trees. But the book also says that if spring is cool and rainy, the peaches won't do well. They really like a hot weather growing season. So now we have to wait and see how spring turns out. In the meantime, the blossoms are beautiful and so colorful, they make the whole yard come alive!

NOTE: Good news: I have work. Bad news: I can't do Plantidotes until the work is done. Would anyone -- maybe a couple of people -- like to take over, starting next week? It's actually not difficult or very time consuming. I can provide details if anyone is interested. Just email me at: KTXBAI!


Readers, please send twig ( images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chantrelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.

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Submitted by lambert on

... buying shoes for the gym) to say how much I have appreciated the stellar work the Plantidotians have done. What a day-brightener!

That said, nobody should keep doing what is not fun, or sacrifice their work to blogging. Maybe several of us can figure out a way to keep Plantidotes going. On the other hand, nothing is forever! Readers?

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Submitted by Alexa on

As I just told Lambert recently, I'm very much physically and mentally "restricted" at present (for medical reasons), so I'm sorry that I can't help with Plantidote (at least not at the present time). And heck, I never was able to get a good picture of all my "yard critters," to post here. Sorry!

Best of luck to you in your new work or job, twig. Hope you'll drop back by, so I can let you know how "our beans" turn out, LOL!