Quite frankly, I don't want to deal with the hot weather either, but it is what it is. I try to make the most of this new climate, and at least my mandarin orange tree is doing well. It's about eighteen feet in diameter and pretty loaded with fruit. The oranges are swelling and turning lighter, but they won't be truly ripe till December, I think. We're really slightly cold for a lot of citrus, and I've realized that the previous owners must have planted a bunch that didn't make it as I've recently identified some mystery plants as trifoliate orange that appears to be growing from the rootstock of no-longer present trees.I still have some broccoli to come in, but after about 5 frosts now, everything else is done. DuaeGuttae, in some ways you are lucky to still be getting fresh veggies, I envy you in that regard, but would not want to deal with the hot weather when it is really hot. The hottest it ever got at my this summer was 91 degrees.
What a treat!We got our rain. I'm so thankful as we have been in a drought for so long. It was just over an inch, and we could certainly use more, but it was the best we've had in the past two and a half months.
A surprisingly hard freeze (for us) is forecast for Monday night into Tuesday morning, and it has the potential to be low enough and long enough to damage the satsumas on the trees. We therefore harvested the majority of them this afternoon. I have no idea how many there are, but it's a good-sized box and eight paper bags about half full each. I have an old refrigerator in the garage that doesn't cool well enough for our regular groceries, but it can maintain a temperature in the forties, so I anticipate using it as storage for lots of oranges for the time being.
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It is a treat, @begreen. My kids got fresh-squeezed orange juice for breakfast this morning. Tomorrow they'll have marmalade and English muffins with their poached eggs.What a treat!