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?