Front yard, back yard....Fruits and flowers thrive in Alameda CA

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Gardens, gardens, gardens everywhere

Backyard harvest


Perhaps it’s the almost perfect weather....or perhaps it’s the rich soil. Whatever the reason is, it seems anything we plant in the ground thrives.

When I lived in Florida, my Lilies of the Nile (Agapanthus)  bloomed just once: in the summer. But in the Bay area, it seems it blooms year round. And goodness, they grow profusely that one must divide and subdivide frequently in order to control the growth.

In our island paradise we call Alameda CA, we do have some seasons, albeit a lot milder than elsewhere.




In Alameda, we have the Alameda Backyard Growers.

Lately, we’re also seeing several vegetable gardens in the front yards.


lemons in my backyard

In our backyard, our priority was to have some fruit trees. And happily, they have been quite productive. The Meyer and Lisbon lemon trees, for example, produce abundant fruits that we are happy to give away.



In the fall and winter, some of our fruit trees lose their leaves even while they are chockful of fruit. We have two persimmons trees, and they’re prolific producers. So in the fall, we have an abundant harvest.




The most fascinating to watch is the big plum tree that  in the winter looks so gnarly that it may be mistaken for a dead tree.  But in spring, it's like a Phoenix that comes back to life and literally bursts into white blooms that look like snow. And in the summer, it produces buckets of the juiciest, sweetest and most succulent plums.

Plum tree

Aaah.....the joys of living in paradise we call Alameda and why it’s a great place to live....especially when we have a big backyard.


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Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

Look good enough to eat! I love lemons.  For colds, for treat I love them.  You are so right Alameda County is beautiful!  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 19, 2013 05:24 PM #1
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Pacita - As the snow falls here, I envy your back yard fruits, veggies, and flowers at this time of year.  Great local post on the Alameda, CA area!

Mar 19, 2013 05:40 PM #2
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Rosemary --- we are indeed lucky

Laura --- but folks who like to ski, are envious of you folks in Tahoe :)

Mar 19, 2013 05:46 PM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Pacita,  I wish I was your neighbor, I would be looking for fruit everyday from you.  Also must love that you can have flowers most the year.  Have a great day.

Mar 19, 2013 11:10 PM #4
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Will -- the nice thing is, our neighbor has loquats and hundreds of orchids. So we benefit from their harvest, too :)

Mar 20, 2013 04:07 AM #5
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