Friday, February 25, 2005

Springtime -- friend or foe?

   I have been preparing a big, long metaphore comparing seasonal changes with Mother Nature conducting a symphony, calling in each plant variety for crescendo at a precise moment.  But it seem simpler to simply state that I am amazed how all the almond trees blossom at one time. While I was in the hospital for four days, all the almond trees decided to bloom AT THE SAME TIME.

   Merced is the heart of the almond growing area for the nation.  If you ate a Hershey Bar with Almonds today, you tasted a portion of Merced area, for we grew that almond. And this week millions of trees decided to bloom.  They created great fields covered with white covered trees.  Talk about your Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.  We lack only the festival, we have the flowers, in abundance, everywhere, orchards, streets, and back yards.

    Almond tree in the back yard of the old folks home

It is gorgeous, but, oh, did I forget to mention that almond blossoms are loaded with allergins?  Almond pollen fills the air with invisible misery for every soul with an allergy.  Red eyes swollen shut and runny noses are pandemic.  Kids try to do school work they cannot see.  Store keepers try to sell merchandise while wiping their runny noses.  Businessmen cough and wheeze.  And everyone is miserable for a month. There is no escape, if you have to stay in the county.  Mountains beckon, the seashore calls, but if you can't answer, you suffer for about thirty days.

   Then, look out, the Peach Trees blossom.

  

6 comments:

plieck30 said...

I love almonds. Didn't know they cause that allergy problem. In fact I ate Emerald of California dry roasted almonds tonight. I would prefer some chocolate around them. lol  Paula

astaryth said...

Hey, appreciatte the pics, but take it easy... you're recuperating!! Sounds like you are feeling better though!
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judypearllove said...

THANKS FOR THE PIC OF THE TREE. I LOVE ALMONDS TOO AND CHOCOLATE AROUND THEM IS EVEN BETTER. ISN'T MOTHER NATURE AWESOME HOW SHE DOES HER WONDERS EVERY SEASON. I GROW MANY KINDS OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS IN MY YARD EVERY YEAR. I KNOW YOUR TOWN MUST BE BEAUTIFUL WITH ALL THOSE TREES. I DON'T HAVE ALLERGIES SO IT WOULDN'T BOTHER ME BUT I KNOW IT MUST BE BAD FOR SOME FOLKES. I ALSO LOVE PEACHES IT'S MY FAVORITE FRUIT. MY FATHER USE TO COOK ME THE GREATEST PEACH COBBLER IN THE WORLD.

gypsytrader49 said...

Nice picture. As a child I visited my grandparents in Sicily. Almond trees grow there. We used to pick them green, cut them open and eat the almond while it was still soft and white and milky-sweet. You weren't supposed to eat too many though because they said it caused a tummy-ache.

labdancer51 said...

mmm  I just love almonds.  We don`t get hershey bars in the UK but I`ve had then whilst visiting the US.   Lovely !  I love the blossom on the trees in Spring, but the flowers just don`t last long enough, of course we don`t have almond or peach that I`m aware of, but we have cherry blossom which is beautiful. :-)  

Sandra x

valphish said...

I love almonds, Chuck!!  I am from northern VA and the cherry blossoms in DC were incredible!!  Have you ever seen them in person!  WOW!!  This tree is just very stunning!  I NEED Spring!  Keep getting better, Chuck! xox