Re: [gardeners] Re: Heat wave

Ron Hay (
Sun, 03 Sep 2000 08:50:22 -0700

Good morning, Penny.

Amish Paste, Mortgage Lifter, Omar's Lebanese and Yellow Pears are all
varieties of heirloom tomatoes, tomatoes bred for a much cooler climate, it
would seem.

Caealpina pulcherrima is a desert shrub in the pea family, with leaves very
much like those of a mimosa. Once it is established, it can go without
water for a very long time. If frozen, it will regrow from the roots. In
our climate, I understand, it may keep its leaves and not go dormant.
However, one may prune it back severly in the spring to make it bushier. It
has outrageously showy reddish/orange blossoms. Check it out on the web;
there are lovely illustrations of it on numerous sites. Here it is marketed
as poinciana. It grows about 10' high and wide.

We delight in all of our fruit trees, but the Macadamia is just plain fun,
since we have no experience either in its growth habit or cultivation,
which is why I subscribe to a Macadamia list.

The next fruits to ripen will be pomagrantes, limes and our sole blood
orange. In about 12 weeks, the mandarin orange and neval oranges (2!) will
be ripe. It looks as if we will have a bumper crops of limes, wonderful
with which to make Yassa, a West African entree marinated in lime juice (we
use chicken breast fillets), cooked in same after having been browned in
peanut oil along with onions that have also been browned in peanut oil. I
add about a cup or so of water to the marinade, a few serranos cut up, sage
and salt and cook until done. Marvelous over rice!

Have a lovely Sunday!


penny x stamm wrote:

> .
> Yes, Ron, I know the thrill my stepmother gets when she walks
> outside every morning to pick her grapefruit,  over in Rancho
> Mirage. And she keeps about 35 roses too, which never suffer
> the way mine do, in this more moderate climate.
> >>>>>
> >Several neighbors have peach trees, ones that require very little
> >chilling.
> >>>>
> I had no idea that peach trees needed chilling. There must be a
> horde of horticultural  information which never passes by my eyes,
> considering that everything our Cooperative Extension concentrates
> on is zones 5 to 7 . . .  with some info on zone 4, which is New York
> State up near Canada.
> >>>>>>>>>>
> >Our witheringly hot, dry summer has been hard on  Amish Paste,
> Omar's Lebanese and Mortgage Lifter;  Caesalpina pulcherrima,
> sometimes called Barbados Red Bird of Paradise ...>>>>>>
> OK, sir, what are they...???
> Pears with garlic and basil...? I cannot picture that. I made chicken
> with pears and a French dressing last night, and Jimmie turned
> his nose up at it. Most of us are really creatures of habit, aren't we?
> My #2 adores macadamia nuts.  They are always in her Christmas
> Care Box, for sure.  Sounds like a beautiful tree!
> We used to have, long ago, two sweet cherry trees, a 5-in-1 apple
> tree, a peach, a nectarine, a dwarf pear, grapes, raspberries and
> blueberries.  We could not get any of the kids interested in the
> project, and so little by little, we are left with just raspberries.
> Pity.
> Penny, NY
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