Spring growth spurts
Apr 20th, 2015 by Michael


It seems like this Itrana started putting on new growth back in February. But whenever it started, it’s April 20 and it’s new growth has reached as much as six inches on some branches. This is what is meant by an olive variety that has high vigour!





Ripe Itrana
Feb 14th, 2015 by Michael



Itrana olives grown here in the Southern Gulf Islands ripen late in winter but they always seem to withstand any cold that comes their way (not that it gets very cold around here—especially this winter).

Winter is coming…again
Dec 27th, 2014 by Michael

The low temperatures predicted this coming week are not much different than what we’ve had earlier this winter but once again, arctic outflow from the BC interior can pose problems for olive trees planted in areas directly exposed to freezing winds. If your trees are exposed then think about wrapping them in row cover cloth or horticultural fleece. Minus five or six celsius isn’t a problem for olive trees but leaf desiccation from below freezing winds is if it persists for several days. Anyway, here is the special weather statement from Environment Canada predicting a chilly week here in the SGI:

Alerts for: Southern Gulf Islands


10:33 AM PST Saturday 27 December 2014
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Southern Gulf Islands

Cold Arctic air arriving Sunday.

A strong ridge of high pressure from Yukon will advance southward towards the British Columbia coast on Sunday morning.

The ridge will spread cold Arctic air along coastal regions bringing temperatures down to 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal normal values by Monday. The ridge will also create strong pressure gradients along the coast and generate intense northeasterly Arctic outflow winds through mainland valleys and inlets beginning Sunday morning over the North Coast and Sunday night over the South Coast. The freezing temperatures are forecast to persist for several days.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

Winter is Coming 2014
Nov 10th, 2014 by Michael

Our long spell of above normal low temperature will end Monday evening. A cold outflow from the Fraser is already starting  to take nighttime temperatures here on Saturna below 7°C for the first time in weeks.  Monday going into Tuesday is the beginning of a stronger outflow and then by Wednesday night the low may dip to minus 4. But this short cold snap is probably a good thing for olive trees in the area because our mild weather since the rains arrived in late September mean that many trees have put on new growth. This is not unusual for olives but the upcoming cold will hopefully push the trees into a more winter appropriate mode. Olive trees don’t ever go truly dormant but if a really severe cold snap came along at this time any new growth would be damaged and the trees might also be more vulnerable to serious damage. However, this predicted cold snap might crisp up the more tender newly formed leaves but it shouldn’t really harm the trees. 

The actual low temperatures will vary around the SGI and Vancouver Island of course. Here on Saturna there will probably be areas that won’t see freezing temperatures while those more exposed to outflows could go lower than the predicted maximum low of minus 4. If in doubt or if you have young trees planted outside then wrap them in something like row cover cloth or horticultural fleece. 

Earlier this weekend the following alert was issued by Environment Canada (similar warnings can be found on the NOAA Washington State area site). EC has since pulled this alert from its website but the accompanying forecast for freezing low temperatures mid-week has not changed. The coast may not be as affected by this arctic low as much as predicted but we probably won’t know until Tuesday—it could be better or it could be worse. Meanwhile, stay calm, be brave and wait for the signs…


Alerts for: Southern Gulf Islands


10:06 AM PST Sunday 09 November 2014
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Southern Gulf Islands

Cold air on its way to the coast.

A major shift in the flow is expected early this week. An Arctic ridge of high pressure building over the interior will push colder air out to the coast as strong northeast outflow winds develop through the mainland valleys on Monday. Temperatures will fall with maximum temperatures at least 5 degree below seasonal normals by Remembrance day. As well near freezing temperatures can be expected for several nights bringing the first frost of the season to many localities in the south.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at weather.gc.ca.

Maurino ripening first
Nov 4th, 2014 by Michael

According to most cultivar descriptions, Maurino ripens after Leccino but this year and last it ripened a little before Leccino. I suppose everything depends on local conditions and tree age. This photo has some Leccino mixed in but they are the greenest of the lot.



Harvest 2014
Nov 3rd, 2014 by Michael

The nursery doesn’t have a lot of olives hanging on the trees since most are pretty young but here are some photos of this year’s olives both on and off trees.






Sep 18th, 2014 by Michael

A closeup of a few Frantoio olives on a young tree:

Frantoio olives, Sept 17, 2014

Frantoio olives, Sept 17, 2014


Casaliva 5 gal
Sep 18th, 2014 by Michael

And here’s a Casaliva 5 gallon with a few olives I didn’t strip off:

Casaliva 5 gallon Sept 17, 2014

Casaliva 5 gallon Sept 17, 2014

Pendolino and Maurino 1 gallon
Sep 18th, 2014 by Michael

Here are some examples of the one gallon trees available:


Pendolino 1 gal Sept 17, 2014

Pendolino 1 gal

1 gallon Maurino

1 gallon Maurino

Winter Cove SOC Freight Boat
Sep 15th, 2014 by Michael


2 gallon trees loaded up for direct delivery today to Hope Bay, Pender Island (about a 20 minute boat ride from Winter Cove, Saturna Island).

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