Sunday, January 16, 2011

Invitations -- Tidepooling and Orchards

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For maybe the third time in the eight years that I've been working at Berkeley Repertory Theater, I'm not working on one of our Monday holidays. The weather looks like it is going to be beautiful, and there's going to be a good low tide.

Does anyone want to join us at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve for an afternoon of exploring the tidepools? We'll probably shoot to arrive around 1pm, and will try to park in the main parking lot.




You'll want to wear grippy waterproof shoes, and plan to get wet. A change of socks is always a good idea. We'll bring our books, so we can try to figure out what we're seeing. The more eyes out on the rocks, the more likely it is that we'll spot something really interesting.

Planning a little further ahead, who wants to go to the California Rare Fruit Growers' Scion Exchange next Saturday? I've never been to one of these events, so I have no idea what to expect. If you're a wanna-be orchardist like me, this should be a lot of fun. The always-awesome Idell Weydemeyer will be speaking about grafting fruit trees. Robb and I visited her garden last spring, and she's got fruit trees with dozens of varieties grafted on them. (I took a class with her on Saturday, and I think she said that she has a pear tree with forty five kinds of pear-wood grafted on it. Wowie.)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hm- if I want cold wet feet I can go to my basement :(

Sorry! Have fun-

Annalisa

Anonymous said...

We plan on being at the scion exchange next Saturday! I want to graft a Santa Rosa onto my Mariposa plum.
~The Mad Hatters

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

You know, I think my plum is a Santa Rosa. But I haven't cut off any scion wood, yet. I thought this variety was to un-exotic to share. Maybe I'll try to cut some scion wood, just for the Mad Hatters...

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Lisa, I responded to your comment on our blog regarding the scion exchange. Take anything with you that you know is true to fruit type (meaning the tree has fruited, and you know your plum is a plum). Or don't! It's perfectly fine. There were plenty of people at yesterday's exchange that didn't have fruit trees yet. They wanted advice on what to plant, and some went home with grafting projects! ;) There plenty of common fruits, and they were in demand too. Santa Rosa plum is a great universal plum/pluot pollinator. Some want a scion or two to graft to their rarer fruit trees just for pollination. Go, and have fun. You'll love it!

MommaWriter said...

Sorry we missed your invitation yesterday! But the kids were still out of school today, so your post alerted me to the low tides and least and we were able to get out there this afternoon. Thanks! I've got a mystery, critter/critter part that I'll have to post to my blog. It was very odd!

Stacey

Anonymous said...

Rats! I just followed your link about the scion exchange and we are going to a different one! Same day and time, wrong city. We'll be in Sacramento. :( Have fun at yours!
~The Mad Hatters

Christine said...

As a child of an orchard nut and avid rare fruit grower, I cannot get into grafting out of spite for not being allowed to climb the trees! Have fun and good luck!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Curbstones -- Thanks for the hints. For some reason, this event had me outside of my comfort zone. What were the rules? Will I know if I'm breaking them?

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Mad Hatters -- please report back about what you found! I'm curious to see how our two regions compare, both in terms of style and plants.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Christine -- traumatized by the tender trees, huh?

You can come over and climb our fruit trees, any time you want.

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