The summer was one for the record books - can't help but wonder if the winter will follow suit. Heat, humidity, warm ocean waters have forced all of us to reconsider what we grow. But more than any other factor, the drought makes us choose what we truly value. Please don't overlook the fact that all water restrictions throughout our area make exceptions for the watering of trees. Why? Because trees are "green infrastructure investments and long-lived" according to certified arborist Robin Rivet.
Planted [and photographed] in 2011, this 'Red Baron' peach tree and little Miss Rachel have grown up together. Click on photo for article.
It's hard to believe four years have gone by. But marvelous to see this beautiful tribute to a life well-lived and a heart well-loved. That's Laura and her dog admiring the tree we planted in 2011 to honor her dad.
We watched the chalk artists atThe San Diego County Fair create some masterpieces including this one of the reflecting pool at Balboa Park. Loved the way they poured their hearts into something so ephemeral. Within a few days a big hose will come along and obliterate these marvelous works.
Think of The Wishing Tree Company when you want to give a gift that will last a long time, perhaps even generations to come.
There is something wonderful about the fragrance and juicy sweetness of the first peaches of the year. Sure, there may be many more before the summer is over, but the first ones give you bragging rights. These are Eva's Pride and are almost always earlier than anyone else's in the neighborhood. Gotta stand over the sink to eat them. 'Nuff said.
Have you ever given your mom a gift for Mother's Day that she was still talking about the next year? No? Well, that's because you have been giving her such mundane and boring gifts that even you probably can't remember them from year to year. Now's the time for something amazing that really makes a statement. Apples, peaches, plums, persimmons.... something is sure to delight her. Time to think creatively - call us - we can help!
It's easy to get swept up in the panic of water-rationing and drastic measures here in southern California. With the Sierra snow pack at 5% of normal levels, we all have to find ways to cut back. Does that mean we should not plant "thirsty" trees?
[click to read full story] This big guy is Kronk and he was the best dog in the world. As you might guess, we planted a tree recently in his memory. Along with Kronk, we've planted in honor of Katie, Duke, Paxton, Bailey & Rex. As hard as it is to say good bye, there is so much comfort in knowing our best friends will not be forgotten. So much to learn from our dogs... they never hold a grudge, live in the present moment and never waste a single moment worrying about tomorrow. There are people who say they just aren't 'dog people' and my heart goes out to them.
If you live here in Southern California, you'd have to go quite a distance to see cherry trees in glorious bloom like this one - the Minnie Royal. These clouds of blossoms will be followed by sweet, juicy dark red cherries by the end of May or early June. Minnie and her friend, Royal Lee, are a pair o'cherries that thrive in warmer climates. Because you need them both to cross-pollinate, we think they make a fabulous baby gift when twins are expected. Check back in a couple months to see this year's cherry harvest.