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Apricot and Peach grafted together

 (Click on title to see photos of the individual fruit)  Here we have an old apricot variety from Pt. Loma(could be Blenheim, Royal,.. who knows), with Mid Pride Peach, of which both were grafted onto an apricot seedling, back in the early 1990's and grafted on together by the late 1990's, MidPride Peach being grafted in 1995, the apricot a few years later.   Both are excellent eating varieties for quality flavor and most years are very productive, two blocks from the ocean here in Pt.

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)

(Click on title to see more info)   Cherimoya of the El Bumpo variety, original tree grown By Rudy Haluza in Villa Park, CA, but this one grown in Point Loma/Ocean Beach, where I've grown it since the early 1990's, which was grafted onto a young cherimoya seedling in 1989.  Showing same fruit below, one week later, soft-ripe ready to eat and getting eaten.  El Bumpo has a light 'grain' texture, pineapple-banana flavor, weak medium thick skin, not a leathery strong skin.

Walter Andersen Honey Delight Fig (aka Corky's Honey Delight Fig)

(Click on title to see more info)  Honey Delight Fig, from the Walter Andersen Nursery family (aka 'Corky's Honey Delight Fig, - a family member named Corky).   Excellent, beautifully luscious sweet fruit.  Main crop and most luscious crop is the June crop from previous years twig/branch growth (aka Breba crop), - beautiful luscious flavorful soft-green-ripe fruits.  2nd crop is in August, wherein the individual fruit size is 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the June crop fruits.

Prickly Pear Fruits (Opuntia ficus-indica)

(Click on title to see more photos) Three different varieties of Prickly Pear (aka Tunas) grown here in San Diego, an orange-ish one, a red-magenta one, and a yellow one.   All very drought tolerant and produce excellent fruit if you like Prickly Pear.  Ripen during summer.   The yellow one is 'Quillota' from the Luther Burbank Farm, which I acquired by mail order.  The other two are from original plants in the BayPark neighborhood.

New York Muscat Grape

(Click on title to see more photos and info)New York Muscat grape, grown in Point Loma/OB, two and a half blocks from the ocean.  Excellent for fresh eating, muscat flavored grapes.   NYM gets no disease here of any significance, no fuss, ripens well, no cracked fruit.   Medium vigor on own roots, grows much better on more vigorous rootstocks, such as 'Isabella'/'California Concord' and other vigorous varieties.

Succulent & Cactus Garden, Encinitas/Leucadia, by Michael Buckner

 

 

 North side of Moonlight Beach area up the street slope.

 

 

Cactus and Succulent Garden in Mt. Soledad, by Michael Buckner

Cactus & succulent garden in Mt. Soledad neighborhood, 2016.  Also shown further back in blog from several years ago.

Mango 'Villasenor'

(Click on title for more info) Nice medium flavor, meaty, low fibrosity, medium to large fruit - 5 to 6 inches long, usually less than a pound, about 12oz, no disease problems, beautiful fruit, yellow-peachy skin with occasional rouge/pink blush, and some innocuous darker specks, yellow-peachy colored flesh, good productivity.

Oak Tree Trunk Distorted by Cracked Boulders

(Click on underlined title to read more) Quercus agrifolia, west of Santa Ysabel, just off the road a bit, a little ways from a dirt parking lot.

Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia, aka Palo Blanco, aka Baja Bird Bush

(Click on underlined title to see more photos and more description)(two upper photos by Bri Weldon) Twenty footer growing at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden near Pomona.  Native from northwestern Baja to barely on the U.S. side of the border near San Ysidro.   With adequate water and wind protection can get to around 20 feet, growing about six inches to one foot per year.

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