My apologies right up front to all my blog friends who are laboring under the grip of the icy winter from hell. I do sympathize, really. But we here on the west coast have an entirely different problem
This is the view just outside my back door. Why would I grumble about gorgeous magnolia blossoms gracing the yard you might ask? Because these delicate, perfect flowers first began to open last week. That's LAST WEEK in the month of January, in the mountains, when this little tree should be festooned with ice crystals or at the very least the poor tree should be sound asleep awaiting the first rays of spring sunshine after a long, soggy winter. At this point it has rained a total of 2.5 inches here this winter and we've had one snowfall. It should have rained at least 22 inches by now just to qualify as an average year! See the difference there?
California, indeed the Western United States, is in the grip of a severe drought and the drought is showing itself in some unexpected ways, some of them are beautiful.
My plum tree is starting to bloom and we're expecting a hard freeze in the long term forecast. It is February after all. Warm days and freezing nights. That means there will be no fruit for us this year. That also means fruit production in California in general is in big trouble. California produces food for the nation and if we don't have water we can't grow food cheaply. Look for your food prices to go up in the near future. Gloomy I know. That's why in this particular case beautiful is bad.
This tree should still be fast asleep not trying it's hardest to make plums.
Until next time,