Tag Archives: trees

  1. Blue Skies of Springtime

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    Monday 21 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  2. Macro Monday: Fig leaf bud

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    Monday 28 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  3. Autumn colours, in Winter

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    Saturday 26 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s officially past mid-winter…. yeah right! Our trees are only just shedding their leaves, as our weird weather continues unabated …
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  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory (III)

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    Tuesday 17 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My third Weekly Photo Challenge entry is all about is perseverance towards uncertain victory! Or just plain old digging a hole for a …
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  5. Avenue of Palms

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    Thursday 12 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    In the centre of İzmir, the western Turkish city we visited for a family wedding recently, is a central park …
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  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place (IV)

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    Tuesday 13 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is another of my ‘happy places’… and that …
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  7. Logs of the future?

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    Saturday 19 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Down in the lower olive grove, we have a rather tall lonesome pine that is growing at a weird, almost …
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  8. Olives Trees ‘Off Season’

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    Thursday 10 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Olive trees tend to produce a crop every two years, more or less. Some trees are a bit weird, producing …
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  9. Lemon tree is still alive, just…

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    Tuesday 11 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Remember this lemon tree that was almost wiped out during our much colder than normal winter? Well, this is what happened a few …
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  10. Citrus Tree Care – Lime paint (2 of 2)

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    Sunday 21 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Painting the trees with slaked lime and copper sulphate takes time. I have to paint the trunk, from the dirt level, …
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  11. Citrus Tree Care – Lime paint (1 of 2)

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    Saturday 20 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Continuing on with the repair and care programme for our citrus trees… this year it’s time to ‘paint’ the trees! …
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  12. Dr. Spike and the poorly trees

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    Thursday 11 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With some 250 trees, there are always the odd casualty or two each season; the lemon trees for example. Olive trees are …
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  13. Fruit: late but worth it

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    Thursday 11 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Winter was far colder than usual. It lasted longer, then spring was late, and so is summer. Basically, the weather …
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  14. Citrus fruit – survival of the fittest

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    Wednesday 03 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The weird weather continues… It’s early June, and we have the potential for rain this week; practically unheard of. It …
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  15. Stumped

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    Tuesday 02 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Seem a long nine or so years since we first moved village, and took on the land that later became the farm …
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  16. Macro Monday: Aphids

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    Monday 01 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This weeks entry for Macro Monday is all about those little things in life, namely aphids… Much of inner garden …
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  17. Young fruit

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    Saturday 16 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As we move into summer, the farm is starting to quieten down after the departure of a million or so …
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  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped (I)

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    Friday 15 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken in our village here in southwest Türkiye, and …
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  19. Lemon recovery – the senior trees

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    Thursday 14 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After the recovery success of the ‘little’ lemon tree, we’ve had to wait to see how the larger trees ended …
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  20. Ten images of late springtime…

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    Saturday 09 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Springtime is a time of big changes and long hours of hard work. In the orchards it has been a …
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  21. Lemon recovery – result

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    Sunday 26 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    In the ongoing saga of the lemon trees versus the unexpected and rare cold snap this past winter, we have seen mixed results. …
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  22. Orchard in bloom

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    Thursday 23 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The citrus orchards are in full bloom right now. Whilst I can’t hear myself think for the noise of a …
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  23. Citrus tree health update

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    Wednesday 22 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Following the really cold snap of -5C (23F) we experienced for a few nights over winter, many of the fruit trees had …
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  24. Bee photography

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    Thursday 16 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Like most farms and gardens, the annual chores are pretty much same old, year in year out, so trying to …
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  25. They call this weeding…?

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    Tuesday 14 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A spot of light gardening, they said…. Pull a few weeds, they said…. After the rains of winter and the …
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  26. Macro Monday: Pomegranate

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    Monday 13 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Hope you all like it 🙂 . . Looks like some underwater plant, but in …
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  27. New life: Olive trees

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    Saturday 11 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The olive trees are starting up once again for a new season ! . In early springtime, most the leaves …
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  28. After the burn-up…

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    Thursday 09 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After a good old burn-up of the farm waste (branches from mass tree pruning etc), there are still uses for what’s …
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  29. New life: Fig trees

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    Wednesday 08 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After looking at the state of the lemon trees, here’s some good and bad news regarding our fig trees. We …
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  30. Annual burn-up time

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    Tuesday 07 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Once or twice a year I have a rather large burn-up of all the cuttings, pruning, tree felling and general …
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  31. New life: Lemon trees

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    Tuesday 07 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Time is marching on, and as we move well into spring in southwest Türkiye, the orchard is starting to show …
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  32. Clementine flowers – won’t be long

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    Thursday 02 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Along with new leaves appearing in the clementine orchards, little flower buds are getting ready too. In a couple of weeks …
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  33. Macro Monday: ‘New Pommie Leaves’

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    Monday 30 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday These are some of the first leaves on the pomegranate bushes this year. …
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  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (IV)

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    Monday 23 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the freshness of new life as seen …
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  35. Macro Monday: ‘First Clementine leaves’

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    Monday 23 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday The new season and the new leaves are starting to appear in the …
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  36. Plum Trees

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    Saturday 21 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Our plum trees are looking so pretty this year! . . . . . . . .

  37. Vultures, hmm….

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    Thursday 19 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I was sat outside on a rock this morning taking a break from the farm chores, watching the birds up …
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  38. Lemon recovery

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    Wednesday 11 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Although two of the lemon trees look pretty much ‘gone’, and the largest is still in panic shut-down mode, we …
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  39. My ‘little’ sprayer…

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    Sunday 08 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Remember this year I hired the tractor and pump for the main orchard copper sulphate tree spraying? Well it saved me …
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  40. Citrus Tree Care – Copper Sulphate

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    Tuesday 03 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With the citrus trees afflicted with a fair degree of moss, lichen crustaceans, and general leaf decay, the best treatment by far …
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  41. Macro Monday: ‘First Blossom’

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    Monday 02 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday Took this shot five minutes ago…. the first blossom of spring, with the …
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  42. Citrus Tree Care – Shoot Pruning

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    Thursday 26 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Pruning of the citrus trees is really only necessary every three years, when you can end up cutting large branches to …
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  43. Trees in Need of Some TLC

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    Tuesday 24 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As posted a while ago, the citrus trees have had a tough year, with a long hot dry summer that went …
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  44. Flower Friday – Lemon Tree

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    Friday 20 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With a normally quite short and mild winter, some of our fruit trees get a bit confused, with new flowers …
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  45. Them Poor Lemon Trees

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    Tuesday 10 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As I posted recently, we had a short sharp cold cold snap where temperatures dropped to -5C (23F) on a few nights, which is …
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  46. A Spot of Winter Pruning

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    Friday 30 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Winter pruning is yet another long-lasting task to undertake on the farm, but I don’t mind it really, and it’s …
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  47. Iced Lemons?

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    Thursday 29 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Icy weather plays havoc with fruit farming, but the worst affected tend to be lemons I have found. Their internal …
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  48. Ice Damaged Fruit Trees

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    Thursday 22 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The problem with a cold snap, is that whilst it looks nice and wintry with snow in the mountains that …
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  49. Weird Trees n Stuff

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    Thursday 25 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Need some loofers for your bathroom? . Or how about this piece of sculpted nature? Just looks like a cake …
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  50. 500 year old olive tree

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    Tuesday 04 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    wow We have some 50 olive trees here on the farm, and one is probably over 150 yrs old I …
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