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I think my orange trees have gone into hyper-drive!

For the past couple of years, at least one of my orange trees has decided to blossom out of the normal schedule.  Two years ago, I observed those fragrant buds that fill the neighborhood with sweet aroma around Christmas time.  We had some unusually cold weather, then a warm spell, so I assume the trees got tricked into thinking it was spring.

I think that none of the early flowers actually made it to the fruiting stage, and the tree blossomed again in March when it was supposed to.  The actual crop was pretty sparse that year–half a dozen oranges that completed the cycle.

Last year, the same tree was full of blossoms in mid-November!  We had the same kind of quick cold snap, then a warming spell early in November, so that seemed “reasonable”, although quite odd.  Apparently, all of the buds fell off before any fruited again.

I am pretty sure that we had blossoms on that tree and the one next to it in March, but again, no fruit is evident.

Last week, my husband and I noticed that both trees in the front yard are covered with blossoms.  Mind you, this is Phoenix, Arizona in the middle of June!  By this time, citrus on the trees is half grown, and for the other three trees in our yard, that is true. 

It is way too hot now for flowering trees, generally, but I have to say that I have seen more kinds of flowering trees this spring, and for much longer time than usual.  I don’t think we got the richness of desert wild flowers that we normally get, but the trees have been fabulous!

By the way, our springs and early summers seem to be getting milder.  Typically by Father’s Day, we have had several days over 110 degrees, and it is not unusual for a few of them to be over 115.  We did have one day in May that was 114, and then a big dip in the temperature.  Most of June has been about 105 and under, with lots of up and down variation.  Perhaps that is why the orange trees keep on blooming.

Do you suppose that these anomolies in the blossoming cycles and the milder temperatures could be related to global warming?  <smile>

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