Sunny Day on the Ranch…in February!

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sunny spring day

Baby trees on a sunny spring day

It’s a perfect spring day on the ranch!  Nothing scheduled today, except projects around the house.    By midafternoon, I’m ready to get outside and walk.   Enjoy the beautiful views on such a pretty day!   The baby avocado trees planted last year are getting bigger!   They’re even beginning to put out buds for the spring bloom!

budding avocados

Have you ever seen avocado trees? See the buds that will soon be flowers!

Many of the trees are beginning to bud for the bloom, but some of the trees are already blooming!  When you get close to the tree you can hear the bees buzzing in the flowers.    We are happy to have lots of bees in the area so they can do their important job:  pollination!  Sometimes the pollen causes allergies…there are so many trees on the ranch, and the farmers have to be outside most of the day.   When the pollen is especially high,  we use avocado honey…just take a tablespoon of avocado honey every day and the allergies aren’t as bad!  (Avocado honey is a dark, flavorful  honey produced from bee hives that have been pollinating avocado trees.)

avocado tree in bloom

An Avocado Tree in Bloom!

It’s fun to walk around and check the avocados that have been growing for a whole year.  They are sizing up now for harvest.  While the trees bloom and set new little baby avocados,  the crop for this year is still growing.   Here’s a beautiful sight!

new crop of avocados

Our new crop of Hass avocados are almost ready to pick!

Would you like to see more of the ranch?  I’ll be posting again with photos of the avocado flowers in detail.   Coming soon:  A rainy day walk through the grove!

Want to try Avocado Honey?  Some of our gift boxes of avocados also include Avocado Honey!  Check  it out:  California Avocados Direct

Here are some of the wildflowers I planted last year from seed.  They look beautiful with the avocado groves nearby!

Wildflowers

These are some of the wildflowers I planted from seed last year!

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Mimi! Thanks for the email and letting me know about your blog. I love it. And the photos of the ranch are beautiful. My husband and I moved north to Chico last October and I’m in love with this community. Bidwell Park is huge; there are so many trees here and people bicycle everywhere. We moved to be close to my daughter and her family – our grandson is now 4 1/2 and they just added Hannah, now 3 weeks old. I’m one happy Grandma! Of course Chico State University is here which helps to make this an interesting town and it has a thriving and diverse artist community. I spent the last two months of last year completing a mosaic commission and had a hard time keeping up with my writing. I wish I was going to the 2012 BlogHer conference but New York just isn’t in the budget. Depending upon where they have it, maybe next year. I’m going to have to try that avocado honey…it sounds delicious! I have a little avocado tree I sprouted from seed on my patio…it’s about 3 feet tall. It got hit by frost this winter, but as it did last winter, it’ll bounce back. Let’s do keep in touch!

    • Glad you stopped by! Sounds like Chico is a great place for you. I have never been there…but will look you up when I do! Sorry you won’t be at BlogHer’12…our conversation was a highlight of BlogHer’11 for me!

  2. Hi Mimi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment. I’m very honored to have my Exquisite Salad featured on your website. I love avocados! I’m looking forward to meeting you at Camp Blogaway. See you then. Lynne

  3. Beautiful! I wish I lived in a beautiful place like this.
    Maris (In Good Taste) recently posted..Call for Chicago National Food Blogger Bake Sale Volunteers: [Recipe: Heath Bar Crunch Cookies]My Profile

  4. Wow! That is one of the places that everyone would love to stay! February is more beautiful in that ranch. The plants, the fruits, and everything in it is beautiful.
    Marble Mountain Ranch recently posted..When A Meal Becomes A FeastMy Profile

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