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Salish Sea gardens and landscapes

Meyer lemon


Citrus × meyeri, Meyer Lemon. These nine are the second crop I’ve harvested from this tree over the winter. I pulled all the fruit off because I wanted to make more energy available for vegetative growth. This tree enjoys a nice microclimate on the south-facing side of the house. During cold snaps it’s moved into the garage for nights, or days too if it’s below freezing. Meyer lemon is tough as nails so long as kept outdoors in sun. I once had one drop all the leaves after enduring January snow and freezing weather, and it sprouted lush new growth after the temperature warmed up later in the year (not unlike a deciduous tree).



winter’s last stand?



IMG_6215Winter returned during the first week of February after a solid month of temperatures generally above freezing and sings of spring. Thankfully in Seattle the temperature didn’t fall as low as initially forecasted. The low at Boeing Field was 21, still in Zone 9. Time will tell if the budding plants are okay or not…

early Feb cold event

first daffodils


Presenting the first blooming daffodil of the 2014 season that I found. January 24, 2014. The location is Capitol Hill’s Summit Slope Park/Unpaving Paradise p-patch near Olive Way.

first daffodils

Windmill palm seed harvest


I harvest windmill palm seeds in late winter and plant them asap. They’re ready when the color turns from green to dark bluish. The seeds are easy to germinate and in fact, there are often dozens of palm seedlings growing under mature trees. Seed viability decreases with time, so plant soon after collecting.