Years ago I bought a little jade plant (Crassula ovata) here in Saint-Aignan. It thrived, growing to be too big and top-heavy. I started taking cuttings and leaves and rooting them. Now I have 12 or 15 jade plants, including what I think is the original one, which looks something like a big bonsai. And now that big old plant is flowering. I can't wait to see the flowers open up.
I had many jade plants when we lived in California, but I don't think I've ever seen one produce flowers before. Before we left San Francisco, I sold a lot of very big potted plants, including a huge potted jade plant, for a couple of dollars apiece. Back there, jades and other house plants could stay outdoors year-round, so mild was the climate. It's more complicated here, where frost-sensitive plants must be brought indoors for the winter.
Another plant I'm happy to be living near at this time of year is the linden tree in our back yard. It's showing off its fall colors right now. Maybe it needs to be pruned, though. Any suggestions?
After seeing recent forecasts indicating we would have a sunny, dry week, we were caught off-guard by rain starting before noon yesterday. Then it tapered off. At about 5 p.m., I went out for the walk with Tasha in the vineyard. We got a good dousing. It wasn't a hard rain, but it was steady and soaking.