Tulare County Bounty (it rhymes)

On my way home from the mountains in early fall, I headed over to a fantastic botanical garden that demonstrates the abundance this state can produce, when we have water.

This part of the valley is full of citrus that is exported to the nation and world

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Pretty, but dry

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In the very small city of Woodlake in Tulare County (too-lary) they had an excellent, if narrow, botanical garden. This very cool willow was in the parking lot

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The garden is long and narrow, with a hillside as the backdrop

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They had seating and trellises

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And various demonstration gardens, like this low water area to the right

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Butterflies knew what’s up here

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This must be how they can keep it so lush, it is on the edge of a large man-made lake

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Zinnea

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In red

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Hollyhock

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Rose of Sharon, like a hibiscus but hardy

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Then they had the food crop demonstration garden, this was a black jalapeno

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And a red chile

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Green jalapeno

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Little thai chiles

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Fun colored sweet peppers

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And groves of citus

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Not sure what this is, but watch out for those spines

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Beautiful Pomelo

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They are sweet, without the acid or bitterness often found in other citrus

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Persimmon

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And the grapes!

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So many kinds. These concord were so deeply flavored it hurt

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These globes were so luxurious and full of water

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Green/Yellow ones

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And the best raisins I’ve ever had, ever.

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There was a community garden next to the botanical one with lots of cool stuff that my camera couldn’t quite capture, but got this shot of the bananas and castor beans (yes, they are highly toxic)

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Next Time: Drought-Stricken Lake Oroville

 

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