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Mango 'Villa Senor'

(Click on title for more info) Nice medium flavor, meaty, low fibrosity, medium to large fruit - 5 to 6 inches long, usually less than a pound, about 12oz, no disease problems, beautiful fruit, yellow-peachy skin with occasional rouge/pink blush, and some innocuous darker specks, yellow-peachy colored flesh, good productivity.   It's a very worthwhile mango.

Apricot and Peach grafted together

 (Click on title to see photos of the individual fruit)  Photo taken 2011.  Here we have an old apricot variety from Pt. Loma(could be Blenheim, Royal,.. who knows), with Mid Pride Peach, of which both were grafted onto an apricot seedling, MidPride Peach being grafted on in 1995, the apricot a few years later.   Both are excellent eating varieties for quality flavor, and most years are very productive, two blocks from the ocean here in Pt. Loma/South-OceanBeach.

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)

(Click on title to see more info)   Cherimoya of the El Bumpo variety, original tree grown By Rudy Haluza in Villa Park, CA, but this one grown in Point Loma/Ocean Beach, where I've grown it since the early 1990's.  Showing same fruit below, one week later, soft-ripe ready to eat and getting eaten.  El Bumpo has a light 'grain' texture, pineapple-banana flavor, weak medium thick skin, not a leathery strong skin.

Dessert King Fig / Desert King Fig, most likely. - (originally understood to be Andersen's / Corky's Honey Delight Fig)

(Click on title to see more info)  Excellent, beautifully luscious sweet fruit.  I acquired this fig tree as a baby-tree from Walter Andersen Jr. in 1992, and have grown it in the ground since that year, and it has performed great all along.   The main crop with Dessert King is the first crop, the June crop, aka 'breba crop', which is typically the most luscious crop, if the weather is warm or hot and not too cool and overcast, and which forms on the previous year's branch growth.

Prickly Pear Fruits (Opuntia ficus-indica)

(Click on title to see more photos) Three different varieties of Prickly Pear (aka Tunas) grown here in San Diego, an orange-ish one, a red-magenta one, and a yellow one.   All very drought tolerant and produce excellent for eating, nourishing and refreshing fruit, if you like Prickly Pear.  Ripens mainly during summer-autumn.   The yellow one is 'Quillota' from the Luther Burbank Farm, which I acquired by mail order.

New York Muscat Grape

The two photos immediately below is NYM which was grafted onto Pierce's Isabella, which makes NYM more vigorous and more productive with fruit.   The graft is near ground level in this case.  The photo just shows resulting growth and fruit.   If birds are a problem eating the fruit, mesh bags can protect the fruit cluster from being eaten.  Find those online.

Succulent & Cactus Garden, Encinitas/Leucadia, by Michael Buckner

 

 

 North side of Moonlight Beach area up the street slope.   San Diego succulent landscaping.

 

 

Cactus and Succulent Garden in Mt. Soledad, by Michael Buckner

 

Cactus & succulent garden in Mt. Soledad neighborhood, July 2018, by Michael Buckner (click on title to see more)

Mango 'Villasenor'

(Click on title for more info) Nice medium flavor, meaty, low fibrosity, medium to large fruit - 5 to 6 inches long, usually less than a pound, about 12oz, no disease problems, beautiful fruit, yellow-peachy skin with occasional rouge/pink blush, and some innocuous darker specks, yellow-peachy colored flesh, good productivity.

Oak Tree Trunk Distorted by Cracked Boulders

(Click on underlined title to read more) Quercus agrifolia, west of Santa Ysabel, just off the road a bit, a little ways from a dirt parking lot.

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