One of my birch trees seems to have died. It shed its leaves last winter. Whilst the other two came back and sprouted new leaves, the third one just sits there. I suppose n this climate, where water is scarce and its hot one should be happy with that. However, its been an exceptionally cool spring we've had fairly regular rain. So, why'd the tree die? Maybe it was simply its time to go off to tree heaven.
On a brighter side, my two lemon trees are looking pretty good. They've been in the ground about three years. For the longest time they neither seemed to grow or produced fruit. The last fruit cycle yielded enough lemons for a pitcher of lemonade and the little rascals are clearly growing now. The barrel cactus on the side of the house is looking really good and has benefited from the extra spring rain.
Alas, the one bad thing is the weed problem seems to be getting worse. They are everywhere and my efforts to abate them seem futile. I've been using propane but may have to go to a chemical solution.