This December has been a fabulous month for San Diego gardens due to an abundance of badly needed rain. Our rain gauge has measured over five inches of “liquid gold” this month, more than we had during all of 2013. Our rain season begins July 1 and we are several inches ahead of normal rainfall for this time of year. More rain is predicted for today and tomorrow, mostly showers, but my fingers are crossed for another series of winter storms in the next two months. We are in the midst of the worst drought in California’s history, a very serious concern for those of us living in this part of the country.
In my garden, the Christmas Cactus bloomed on schedule, as you can see above, and the spring bulbs are coming up, as are my sweet peas and golden beets.
Something has been munching on my kale, but the red beets are OK for the moment. It’s either feast or famine with parsley, and mine has taken over this end of the grow box.
The very best part of this December in our garden has been the early ripening of our navel oranges on our ancient tree. The heat that lasted into November speeded up the ripening cycle, and Larry is squeezing fresh juice for us every morning Usually, we wait until late January or early February for these little beauties, and our tree is so old that it only produces on alternate years. Larry just fertilized all our citrus, including two Meyer lemon trees, so we will hope to see some blossoms on our old tree mid-February.
It has become a tradition for our to prune our twenty-odd rose bushes every year between Christmas and New Year’s. We will get to that later today, but here is one final bloom of the last cycle from “Fame”, a hardy and prolific producer.
I love to find surprises in my garden, a clump of hidden paper whites or an amaryllis just about to open. This morning’s treat was discovering a tiny popcorn orchid in bloom.
See you next month when the freesia will be in bud. Happy New Year!