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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 for eating nourishing and refreshing fruit, if you like Prickly Pear.  Ripens mainly during summer-autumn.   The yellow one is 'Quillota' from the Luther Burbank Farm, which I acquired by mail order.

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, has very pronounced muscat-vanilla-labrusca flavored grapes (labrusca being eastern American species typical flavor).   NYM gets no disease here of any significance, no fuss, ripens well, no cracked fruit.

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

 

 

 North side of Moonlight Beach area up the street slope.   San Diego succulent landscaping.

 

 

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

 

Cactus & succulent garden in Mt. Soledad neighborhood, July 2018, by Michael Buckner (click on title to see more)

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.

Colorful Succulent composition by Michael Buckner, background by Tom Piergrossi, Sin Jen, and Lila the property owner

Click underlined title for more text) In Mission Hills.  The foreground plants are all succulents, except the rouge center is Neoregelia 'Fireball', a type of bromeliad.

Xylococcus bicolor (Mission Manzanita) 20-footer

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Below, closeup from patio above, on south side of garage:

Perspective from downslope looking up:

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