It’s Spring – Summer

Yesterday was a very warm day in Orange County.

I can tell spring is here because my eyes are swollen and itchy …

I’m sneezing and sniffly.

And no, I’m not sick.

I’m just very allergic to STUFF.

It’s supposed to get downright hot for the rest of the week.

I suppose we’re going straight into summer?

I hate having to turn on the air conditioner in February.

Yesterday, I was having flashbacks to walking through a cool forest.

I love being in a forest.

Muir Woods:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

Speaking of forests, and therefore trees, I’m on a mission to protect my citrus trees.

Last year, my lemon tree died when our house was tented for termites.

My lime tree only produced about six limes, and I got ZERO oranges.

I’m fighting zillions of birds.

(I live near a protected audobon area and my backyard is like a bird refuge.)

Birds love to eat the teeny-tiny, just blossoming, fruit.

The oranges and limes never get the opportunity to grow up.

Last weekend I spent a long time putting “bird-scare tape” all over my citrus trees.

Unfortunately, Fred thinks the tape – fluttering in the wind – is for him.

Every chance he gets, he sneaks over to the trees, “captures” a piece of the shiny bird-scare tape, and then brings his prize to share with me.

It’s going to be an ongoing challenge to see if I can get a crop of fruit this year.

I wonder if Fred will try to pick and eat the oranges if I do?

2 Responses to “It’s Spring – Summer”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    Totally off message, but yesterday I went to my vet’s and Clyde was there! He is huge like Fred. I saw him at 10 or 11 weeks and now at 14 or so he has doubled in size. His mom sees Fred’s pictures on CeCe page often.

  2. Mj

    Although it doesn’t look all that attractive there is netting to protect the trees from birds. I used to have all kinds of fruit trees in a backyard of a house I rented. My boxer would eat the fruit faster than I could pick it up. Think apricots and cherries. The nectarines on the top of that tree were always eaten into before I could pick them. I am so happy not to have to change to my farmer hat after a full day at the office! hahaha!

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