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SPRINGTIME IN WINTER

South County coming into bloom

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SPRINGTIME IN WINTER

Enrique Bugarin, right, and Cesar Rodriguez install drip-irrigation tubing on a 10-acre field planted with young almonds on Tuesday in Ripon.

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED March 6, 2012 1:04 a.m.

The daffodils and African violets are in full bloom at the Albers’ flower gardens.  In Larry Albers’ huge vegetable garden, his onions and Swiss chard and a host of other edible leafy varieties have been basking in the spring-like winter sun.

In rural Ripon on Tuesday, across the road from a peach orchard covered with delicate pink blossoms, Enrique Bugarin and Cesar Rodriguez worked under mild sunny weather installing drip-irrigation tubing along the rows of newly planted young almond trees on a 10-acre spread surrounded by blooming almond trees, their tops looking like they have just been dusted by snow. The old nut trees have reached the end of their productivity and had to be removed and replaced with new ones, explained Rodriguez.

All around Manteca, Ripon and surrounding areas, spring is in the air thanks to a dry and unseasonably warm winter. Spotted around Manteca on Monday were several residents walking their dogs around neighborhood parks and residential subdivision as they took advantage of the sun’s last hurrah before the next precipitation being forecast by the National Weather Service today. The spring-like winter weather though is predicted to return this weekend.

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