It’s springtime in the avocado groves! The trees started blooming weeks ago, but by now the hills are a mass of yellow blossoms! You can hear the bees buzzing in the grove as they pollinate each tiny blossom. The tree in this photo had a few “off blooms” in January, and the fruit has already had time to grow into plum-sized avocados. This is one reason that some avocados are mature enough to pick very early in the season, and others take longer to be ready.
With such nice weather, I’ve been getting out to ride around and watch the progress of the springtime bloom! In today’s post I even have a video for you!
Just about one year ago, in February 2017, Janice Person came to visit our farm. It was her very first visit to an avocado farm, and the Southern California was dressed up in green, with lots of wild flowers and gorgeous scenery due to all the wonderful rain. I was hobbling around on my bad knee, waiting for my meniscus surgery date. We had a great time together, but neither of us ever got around to writing about that day. We decided to share our experience with you this weekend, both at the same time, because once again it’s February in the avocado grove! Continue Reading →
It’s a brand new year and I’m so glad to reconnect with all of you! When I wrote my last post in May of 2017, I shared a wonderful video about how avocados grow, which was filmed on our ranch last March. If you missed it, here it is:
I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be posting again until 2018. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you have seen much of what I’ve been doing since last May. I just haven’t been ready to get back to writing here on the blog until today. Continue Reading →
Here are the freshest avocados you’ll ever see! Just picked from our trees! They were flowers just one year ago, and took all year to get to this size and maturity so we could harvest them for you! They are rock hard and won’t soften at all until they leave the tree.
I took this photo in March, before the trees were in full bloom. These are the buds that appear on the trees. Don’t they look a little bit like cauliflower? It’s amazing how these buds unfold and eventully become flowers on long spikey stems, and later turn into tiny avocados. In fact, it’s amazing how avocados grow! Today I’m sharing photos and a spectacular video that was filmed right here on our ranch! Continue Reading →
I love this photo. A brown, dead leaf that has fallen from the tree is wedged among the blossoms. Some of the spent flowers have fallen on top of the dead leaf…as if resting in a cradle among the blooms that will soon become new fruit. Avocado trees drop their leaves all year long, but during bloom season lots of leaves fall as the flowers come out. Then the flowers begin to fall too, covering the ground with tiny dried flowers. Then the baby avocados begin to appear!
Tiny newborn avocado forms where the flower was pollinated.