Old Random Farmhouse Trees

Token native plant: Romneya coulteri:
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Looking like the golden pompom on a Pope's beanie:
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Farmhouse Trees.  Old trees, some badly whacked.  A random assortment, all decades old.  Someone long ago tried for a grand entrance way of palms
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The farm worker's basketball court, ringed with Avocados
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A surviving native shrub grow into a beautiful tree over decades.  Heteromeles arbutifolia.  A farmer's market is held here on Tuesday mornings, the reason for my visit.  Peaches that actually ripen and have an actual peach flavor motivates me to visit.  A good peach is a peach you have to eat over the sink and wash up from afterward. 
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A mysterious nut tree of some sort, with a bubbled massive trunk,
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Still producing!
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You don't grow one of these in two years:
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A rubber ficus that must have decades ago been a house plant
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An old Crape Myrtle in a sea of spongy, over watered grass, to make up for the token native Romneya:
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Gorgeous bark!

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All randomly planted, one of each.  Farmers don't have time for design.
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A Cereus, perhaps, by the now-empty barn.  The one-time farmers became wealthy land barons, growing expensive houses instead of beans and avocados. They gave the farmhouse to the county and left their old random trees behind, too.  
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The county isn't all that talented with trees, either.  They are going to get this Schinus to grow straight, if they have to use every steel pole, cable, and turnbuckle they have.  Jeeze Louise, look at that prop job:
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The so-called Irvine Ranch Historic Park, at the corner of Jamboree and Irvine Boulevard in Irvine, California. 

Comments

  1. I tend to think farmers do design, given the neatness of their fields, etc. But maybe that one was more a plant collector than knew how to translate his work talent into his garden design! It would be fun to take some of the more interesting plants there and add to them, to tun them into a mass.

    That is really crazy turning something interesting like a Schinus into a lollipop...some people do not get plant individuality! (like most people in my field!)

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  2. Oy ! I wonder what would happen if all those metal pipes were taken down ? Very unique . Nor pretty.

    I still cling to those memories when
    OC was the boon docks and it took forever to get there from LA (ok, so it still takes forever-some things never change) and Knotts Berry Farm was a place you went to get fried chicken.

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  3. Desert there is huge potential there--what is wanting is an interest in further developing it. Maybe some day it will happen.

    KS, OC is still the boon docks. Some things indeed never change. ;^)

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  4. Lovely pictures! I really like the Romneya coulteri - wish it was native here as well!

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  5. Thanks, College! Your garden has wonderful plants that won't grow here--nice the internet allows us to enjoy plants in other people's gardens that don't work in our own.

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