Friday, April 6, 2012

The Last of the Oranges

During the winter months here in the desert we are blessed with an abundance of fresh backyard oranges.  Which means, naturally, that we have fresh squeezed orange juice almost daily. In my book, there's nothing better!  We have, however, just used the last ones, so I found myself scouring the ads this afternoon looking for deals from the grocers.....something I have not had to do for a while.

Right before Christmas we bought and planted yet another citrus for the yard. It's a Trovita Orange, a juicing orange, and is supposed to be a particularly sweet orange in our climate.  Evidently in this case the warmer the climate the sweeter the orange.*It's supposed to make a very good patio tree and can be brought into the house to overwinter in colder climates. It's a late producer too so in the coming years we won't run out until later into the Spring.  Which will be a very good thing.

Obviously we will have no oranges on this tree this year, but the last week or so it has began to burst forth with dozens of the most heavenly smelling orange blossoms!  Since it is planted right behind our backyard swing, it is making for the most delightful of afternoons.  My family sometimes finds it amusing that I like to take a nap outdoors. But to my way of thinking, "who wouldn't? ".......not with this kind of stuff going on out there!  Right? 

Hope you're enjoying your Spring!

I am linking up with:
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Feathered Next Friday @ French Country Cottage
Fertilizer Friday @ Tootsie Time
Friendly Friday Blog Hop @  The Clumsy Coquette
Friday Follow Over 40 @ Never Growing Old
Todays Flowers @ Flowers From Today


Arija said...

I'm with you with afternoon naps under blossoming citrus trees.
I have a double row at the side of the house and even if they produced no fruit at all, I could live on just the wonder of their scent.

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Amy said...

Sounds heavenly....and are those azaleas in the background? They are beautiful, beautiful. Glad you're back....I've missed you.


Ginny Morton said...

Oh how I love fresh orange juice! And your post makes me want some! I lived in Florida growing up and we had citrus in our backyard....great memories. I'm also glad you're back to blogging! Happy Easter!

Andrea said...

Yum! I just can't even imagine having fresh squeezed orange juice from my own back yard!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your tree is bringing you a lot of happiness! I'd love to grow one but I really doubt we have the sun it needs here in the Midwest. The flowers sound heavenly!


Lavender Cottage said...

I'm visiting from Fertilizer Friday and must say I'm envious of fresh squeezed orange juice. I recall the scent of orange blossoms from times spent in Florida as a child. My parents used to buy me a small ceramic orange that held orange blossom perfume and it was heavenly.
Happy Easter.

Rachel said...

I love taking naps in my backyard too~ it isn't quite warm enough here yet though! How pleasant the orange blossom scent must be. I have gardenias that will be in bloom soon and of course what would my yard be without honeysuckle? :) Your post just made me happy for some reason and now I'm excited just thinking about the beautiful weather that's ahead.....and the afternoon naps of course!

Tootsie said...

I am so far behind this week that I can't even see straight!!! I am here now enjoying your share in my little party. Thank you so much for linking in this week!!! I hope to see you again soon!!! I am sharing this post on the Tootsie Time Facebook page! Hugs from Alberta Canada!!!
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