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Still plenty of choices for garden color! The cool-season annuals will continue to bloom through April, even into May if the weather is mild. Don’t jump the gun with summer flowers and vegetables.
Almonds need some winter chilling, but bloom very early. That makes their suitable growing region pretty narrow. Late frosts damage blossoms further north; insufficient chilling hours prevent flower development further south. The Sacramento Valley is just right. So we produce most of the almonds in the world!
Almonds need some winter chilling, but bloom very early. That makes their suitable growing region pretty narrow. Late frosts damage blossoms further north; insufficient chilling hours prevent flower development further south. The Sacramento Valley is just right. So we produce most of the almonds in the world!
Those flowering trees with the soft pink blossoms you’ve been seeing for the last couple of weeks are flowering plums. The different types are easy to identify once they leaf out: Prunus blireiana (shown here) has leaves that start out burgundy-green and then turn to dark green. Krauter Vesuvius, Purple Pony, and the many older types of “purple-leaf” or redleaf plum retain the dark red leaf color.
Those flowering trees with the soft pink blossoms you’ve been seeing for the last couple of weeks are flowering plums. The different types are easy to identify once they leaf out: Prunus blireiana (shown here) has leaves that start out burgundy-green and then turn to dark green. Krauter Vesuvius, Purple Pony, and the many older types of “purple-leaf” or redleaf plum retain the dark red leaf color.
A naturally dwarf form, Purple Pony grows to about ten to twelve feet tall, has dark purple-red leaves, and produces no fruit, making it a clean, attractive tree for small yards and patios.

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