List of our Trees:
Honey Babe Peach
Spire Colonnade Apples
Golden Delicious Apple (now "Fuzzy" Peach - grown from seed)
Sugar Prune Plum
"Georgia" Peach (grown from seed)
"Sweetie" Peach (grown from seed)
"No Name" Peach (grown from seed)
Dwarf Elberta Peach
Nectarine "Double Delight"
SantaPlum (now Pound Sweet Apple)
Dwarf Navel Orange
Curl free Peach
Outside the gate:
Abundant crops of large, rich flavored cherry, heart-shaped, moderately crack-resistant fruit for fresh snacks, canning, freezing, or drying. Ripens in mid June, Self-pollinating. Ripens july.
The plum/apricot crosses have a higher sugar content than either plums or apricots, without the tartness of some plums, which gives them an incredible sweetness The fruit has pinkish orange skin with crimson and amber marbled flesh. freestone, Compact semi dwarf tree. Self fruitful. Harvest mid August.
Honey Babe Miniature Peach
Yellow freestone with sweet, rich peach flavor. Heavy bearing 5 foot tree. Excellent choice for home orchards. Ripens early to mid July. Self-fruitful.
Spire Colonade Apples- "Emerald, Ultra and Crimson Spire
Attractive, distinctive apple trees grow about 8'-10' tall with upright, columnar growth habit that is ideal for small space or container growing. Fruit grows up column. Has dense clusters of pink or white blossoms in spring. Very large and attractive greenish, yellow or red fruit is crisp and tangy with pure white flesh. Ripen in mid August to early October. Very productive and disease resistant. Require little maintenance.
Pound Sweet Apple.
Large and delightfully sweet. Productive tree bears fruit that has a yellow-green skin with a darker flush where it meets the sun. Slight russeting is not uncommon. Flesh is crisp and sweet, excellent for cooking and desserts. Antique variety, originates from Connecticut, circa 1834. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September.
Dwarf Washington Navel Orange
It has the quintessential orange, smooth but pebbled and easy-to-peel skin with a trademark "belly button" at its stem end. It is a delicious,seedless fruit with sweet juices produced on a dwarf-sized tree. Fragrant flowers in spring and handsome foliage, year round. Bears Dec-Feb.
Best lime for C.A. gardens. Almost size of lemon. Juicy, seedless. Main crop winter to early spring. Some fruit all year. Bearss Lime tree is an evergreen, dwarf variety growing about 10 feet tall. The fruit has a long shelf life. It has fragrant flowers, and has Green and Yellow Highlights when fruit matures.
Lemon Meyer Dwarf
A Meyer Lemon Tree produces fruit that is actually a cross between a lemon and Mandarin orange. These lemons have the typical lemony flavor, but are more naturally sweet. Self pollinating. Different from commercial lemons, rounder, thin skinned, more orange in color. Tangy aroma, very juicy but less acidic than standard lemon. Bears fruit all year.The bright yellow large number of fruit and sweet fragrance will catch everyone's attention.
Local California grafted tree by William Penn Mott, (head of C.A. parks and head of National Parks under Pres. Reagan.) Cross between Golden Delicious and Crab Apple. Green skin with hint of pink blush; white flesh and pink marbling. Tart. Fresh eating, pies and sauce. Late July early August.
The Color Gardens were established to be a part of the
orchard perimeter to bring pollinators and beneficial
insects to our orchard and gardens. Color gardens both compliment each other and are also meant to showcase our orchard.
The Color Gardens include:
-single color -- 1 color only in flower.
-designer theme -- i.e. butterfly attraction.
-rose garden --along the orchard perimeter
These gardens are not available for other gardeners to share or pick flowers.
Their plant height and garden width are predetermined and regular maintenance is needed.
Color Gardens require a commitment of time, talent and treasure and are available for adoption. If interested ask any garden coordinator.
-Planting only the designated color plants for your color garden.
-Weeding in and around the edges of your
color garden as needed.
-Show up regularly to water and
keep the plants looking good.
-Keep the garden border edges five feet away from a tree trunk.
We always encourage all of our gardeners to join us and come help care for our orchard on orchard work days.
Color/Designer Garden caretakers:
Pink Jay Shirley
Orange Roger Rose
Butterfly Nancy Pfaff
Red Margaret Conner
White Stephen Conner
Blue Katherine Jones
Yellow Betsy Clark
Purple Anja Blanadet & Brian Gleeson
Roses in Orchard Rose Committee:
Ysabel Eyman, Chantal Saperstein
Paula Asterlind, Theresa Krall
Mari Paden, Margaret Walsh,
Sandra Adams, Sharon Cadiou.
Rose Pruning Instructions.
Don't be intimidated- -you are simply cutting back a plant.
Roses are very forgiving and want to be cut back. Whether you cut too high or too low, it won't make a lot of difference….
Pruning is an important aspect of forcing the plant to renew itself with new strong stems and many flowers. If you don't remove the old thatch and small branches, it won't be forced to send out new large canes.
--Get rid of the three D's -the dead, damaged and diseased portions of the plant - pruning allows you to shape a rose.
Dress for the occasion. Cover you arms with long sleeves and wear strong, durable, flexible gloves.
Use sharp, Bypass type shears and loppers to make a clean cut without bruising canes.
A small pruning saw, preferably with fine teeth, will cut large canes and get into places that can't be reached with shears and loppers.
March or later April/May add 1/2 -1 cup of SulPoMag (sulphur potassium Magnesium) to create new large stalks. These new stalks will eventually render the older, woody stalks obsolete. Remember to continue to keep the center of the rose as clean as possible.
* October/November - Use only a blooming agent, 0-10-10 as nitrogen is no longer absorbed. Remove leaves on the bottom half of the rose, especially inner ones.