Thursday, January 02, 2014

Avocado and citrus season in California - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  One of the benefits of winter in California is it's avocado and citrus time! I see lemons and oranges in everyone's yards this time of the year!
 
 These are the last of the lemons from my garden before I move. It's sad to see the little lemons forming and I won't be here to see them ripen!  I'm just hoping whoever moves in my place next appreciates my roses, hydrangeas and lemons!

 
The avocados came from a friend. He has the biggest avocado tree I've ever seen!  There are hundreds of avocados on there right now!  I can't wait to make some guacamole with these!  So, I'm really curious...I've heard avocados are a California thing...how many of you have had avocados before and are they available where you live? I like avocados but my daughter LOVES them! 
 
The new home search is in full swing...I've been busy looking at different apartment complexes around here. I live in a small four-plex now but I've decided my next place will be in a bigger complex that has a pool, Jacuzzi and gym.  There are a lot of them around here but I think I've found the one I like the most. Well...I should say the one that I can afford that I like the most. The ones I really like are out of my price range!  I've learned a lot in the last couple weeks...the rent prices on these places changes daily!  It's so tricky...they've been going down the last couple days and I'm wondering if I should go for it now or wait a little longer and hope the rent drops more. It's sort of like playing the stock market!  It's very stressing!  I have two more months before I have to move so I will probably wait a little longer and hope the prices continue to drop!  I'm just glad I didn't rent this place I'm looking at when I first saw it because it's down about $70 a month now! I would have been locked in with a 1 year lease at the higher price!
 
 
Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 

 If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog. 

 

 
 
 
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35 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

Happy 2014 Cindy - thanks so much for hosting
Hugs from Montreal
Suzan

Donna said...

Oh, Cindy, I LOVE avocados! I don't make guacamole, but I do slice them and put them in salads or on sandwiches! I doubt I'd have much luck getting an avocado tree to grow here in Massachusetts! Enjoy your lemons and avocados - they look yummy!
Donna

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Cindy - LOVE this look - so fresh! Great idea - I do appreciate you hosting and hope you have a terrific 2014!
Kathy

Sarah said...

Beautiful! Happy New Year to you!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Cindy your three tier server with the lemons is gorgeous! I love the tier cause it goes beautifully with your lovely cane dining chairs...love it!!!
Thank you for hosting and having me all of 2013 and looking forward to more fun and support in this new year. Many blessings and happiness for 2014.
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Cindy your three tier server with the lemons is gorgeous! I love the tier cause it goes beautifully with your lovely cane dining chairs...love it!!!
Thank you for hosting and having me all of 2013 and looking forward to more fun and support in this new year. Many blessings and happiness for 2014.
FABBY

Sarah said...

Cindy, forgot to say, yes to avocados. I eat the almost daily in my salads. Served guacamole last night.

Crochet Hooks said...

Howdy Cindy! Good luck on the search. I wonder if prices went down for the holidays? You could check with a realtor in your area too, they might have insight. Have an awesome week and ty for hosting!!

Karen said...

Happy New Year Cindy! thanks for hosting.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Happy New Year Cindy. Love avocados (coastal BC Canada) in salads and sandwiches. Thanks for hosting Show and Tell Friday. Have a great week.
Joy

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Happy New Year Cindy. Love avocados (coastal BC Canada) in salads and sandwiches. Thanks for hosting Show and Tell Friday. Have a great week.
Joy

Debra Oliver said...

we're making a move this next month too. Looking forward to see your new place. and yes avocados here in Missouri, love some fresh guacamole!

Marguerite said...

Lovely display and server. Have a Happy New Year and good luck with the apartment. Thanks for hosting!

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

Hi Cindy - Avocados may be a California thing but we use tons of them here in Washington State . . . grown in Cali of course!
Happy 2014 and thanks for hosting,
Patti

Sara Chapman said...

Aren't avocados available everywhere? A pity if they are not. In Seattle every place that sells produce has them, but there's nothing like getting them from a neighbor's tree like when I was in Florida. In N. California we grew citrus, but not avocados. I loved picking our own fruit!

PamLuvsPink said...

Hi Cindy!!!!

I love lemons!!! To me everything taste better with the tangy taste of lemons. My dad's cousin in Van Nuys has the largest lemons I've ever seen and his yard has quite a lot of them.

All the best in 2014 Cindy!!!

Pam
xox

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Sandy,I love lemons and avocados. We eat lots of them. The best way we like them is on thick toast made with home made wholemeal bread. I slice them over the toast,sprinkle them with a little lemon juice. Slice some corn off a cooked cob,then crumble over some fetta cheese. Lovely.
Good luck with the hunt. :)

Jennifer Rambo said...

We don't grow avocados in South Carolina, so I never learned to appreciate the taste. Our neighbors grow a wonderful lemon called Myers Lemon. It was cold last night so they draped the tree with lights and a heavy sheet to protect it. Looking forward to lots of iced tea with lemon and lemon pie. I love to put the lemon rind in the garbage disposal and have my kitchen smell nice and clean.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Yum Yum I love avocados made in guacamole and they are $1.99 here on sale, lucky you to have a friend with a tree
Oh and it's 115 here this morning nothing blooming here LOL

Happy New Year
I expected to see lots moving boxes sitting around ?

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Happy New Year! I love the citrus tier! Thank you for hosting!

MaryNell said...

Happy 2014! I am still worried about you finding a great place to move that's in your price range. I have thought and thought about you having to move after being there so many years, and my heart just breaks for you. BUT.... I know where ever you do move, that your place will be just darling when you're through with it. Keep us updated on the move plans.... HUGS! :)

Tereza said...

gorgeous!

Cynthia said...

Cindy: Best of luck on your upcoming move! We love avocados, and they are pretty much available year round, now in Ohio. However, I will have to say that when we are in California or anywhere near that Golden State, we agree the avocados are more tasty!

Cynthia said...

I want to add that whoever inherits your beautiful flowers and citrus trees is very lucky! Hope they appreciate the time and love you've put into the garden.

Theresa Begin said...

Thank you so much, Cindy, for your Beautiful Blog and your wonderful Parties and for letting me come share my little meanderings with you!! You are so very appreciated!! Happy New Year!! I hope 2014 Blesses you richly!
Hugs,
~Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

Lady of the Woods said...

Hi Cindy, I certainly DO HOPE that whoever moves in enjoys the lemons, hydrangeas and roses! omg, I would think I'd died and gone to heaven, what a legacy of beauty and abundance to leave to someone else. I live next to an avocado tree and mango and I love eating them when they're in season. Its the most fun to pick them off the tree and have a meal! I use both mango and avocado in green smoothies. Your posts are always lovely and inspirational. Thanks for hosting! blessings, lady

Christine Vandormolen said...

Cindy, thanks so very much for all the parties in 2013!!! Have a happy new year! Christine from Little Brags

Noelle said...

Thanks for your thoughts today, Cindy. Will be praying that you land exactly where you should at the best rent available. I hope you're blessed in 2014 and beyond. One bit of shared information regarding avocados...I have a dwarf tree we planted at least 12 years ago. It bore fruit after several years in the ground, then mysteriously stopped. It would get blooms and then they would fall off in the Fall. I heard several things, like bees are needed to make it bear and we didn't see bees. Then we saw bees, but still no fruit. I finally asked a gardner (now our gardner!) what might be the problem. He said, "Stop watering it." Sure enough, we didn't water it (except for limited rain) for a year and voila, bumper crop! Evidently, the roots of the avocado like to be a bit starved. Who knew? I live in So CA with our tree. More trees to come in 2014. We're planting 4-5 in our front yard of various citrus. If anyone has a favorite, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Happy 2014!!

Victoria said...

I LOVE avocado's! FL does have Haas avocado's but they also have another breed, cheaper and a different taste...more watery but still
delicious:)

I can't wait for you to find your new nest! I know you'll make it gorgeous and comfy:)

Mila Myk said...

Happy New Year!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I love this color combination!
Thank you Cindy for hosting the party! Happy and Healthy New Year!

michele@Portlandia Vintage said...

Cindy, If you planted the hydrangeas and roses, you may want to dig them up and take them with you! You can thin the hydrangea and cut it back and put it in a pot. We dug up roses that were my mother-in-law's and transplanted them several times. Your plants were costly and perhaps you can keep some of them. I have even dug up plants and put them in large garbage bags until I could find a place for them. Just a thought.

michele@Portlandia Vintage said...

Cindy, If you planted the hydrangeas and roses, you may want to dig them up and take them with you! You can thin the hydrangea and cut it back and put it in a pot. We dug up roses that were my mother-in-law's and transplanted them several times. Your plants were costly and perhaps you can keep some of them. I have even dug up plants and put them in large garbage bags until I could find a place for them. Just a thought.

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