I think I can safely dub this winter "The Winter of Citrus"


Our crop off our dwarf citrus trees has been incredible! The Kinnow mandarin, Morro blood orange and Lane Late orange have all been little champions. Each of the diminutive trees has performed in a stellar way and given us the juiciest and sweetest bounty. The Lane Late gave me it's first proper fruit with an orange the size of a softball. Hubby and I shared it with each of us eating a juicy and scrumptious half.


There is something about those beautiful orange colored rinds in the depths of winter's chill that is heartwarming and worthy of being photographed... again and again and again. It's like the sun got placed right in my garden when I need it most to counter my SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). So far my SAD has been very low-key this year. Maybe I have the citrus to thank in part for that.

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A couple of days ago on my daily garden stroll, I was pleased to find that the Washington navel orange tree we put in a couple of years ago is covered with pure white buds ready to burst open into sweet and heady-fragranced blossoms. I'm on "orange blossom watch" every day as I anticipate them opening. I think I will try my hand at doing some manual pollination with a Q-tip this year to try and ensure that I get at least 1 or 2 oranges off the tree. It has yet to produce its first fruit as it's been trying to get settled. The weather is rather chilly for most pollinators to be out and about much so I think I'll need to help it along.



The navel orange tree isn't a dwarf and I hope that it will eventually reach it's expected height of 20-30 feet tall. For now it's only a little bigger than the dwarf trees at about 4 feet tall. I think at this height it may have a hard time supporting more than just a few fruits. We'll see.


For now, we still have some mandarins left on the tree--late ripeners that I'll pick and enjoy as soon as they feel just right when I give them a gentle squeeze. And we also have a load of Eureka lemons on the semi-dwarf tree in the center of the garden. Those can stay on the branch and be picked as needed (which Hubby does often for cooking). 

Now I'm craving some lemon chicken.  "Oh Hubby..."

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6 comments:

Tricia said...

Oh my, those all look so yummy and refreshing! I would love, love, love to live someplace where I could have fresh citrus plucked right from a tree in my own yard...you're so lucky! I bought some little clementines at the grocery store right before Christmas. I loved the fact that they still had leaves attached to them, it made me want them even more :)

Jana Last said...

What lovely photographs Cindy! I wish I had some citrus trees in our backyard, especially a lemon tree. There's just something about fresh squeezed lemonade. So refreshing!

Wendy Paula said...

Such beautiful photographs and what amazing fruit, your garden is a place of many delights and bounty.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Cindy, what a joy to have so many beautiful citrus in your own backyard. I was in the grocery store and looked at the grapefruit, they cost almost $2 each...

Hmmmm maybe the Okanagan will warm up enough for us to grow citrus one day.

Jen

Carolynn Anctil said...

Feeling a bit jealous over here...those oranges look & smell delicious(honestly, I could swear I caught a whiff of citrus just then).

I suffer from SAD too. We get cold weather, wind & snow during the winter months, but the sun shines radiantly most days, for which I'm profoundly grateful.

mrana said...

How absolutely wonderful! I love citrus trees and wish I could grow some here but apparently it's too cold ... though in Nice just two hours away they do just fine, sigh. I'd love to have a crop like yours and your photographs are so beautiful that I'm now craving something fresh and citrusy, thank you! ... :)

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