Monday, March 3, 2008

My Favorite Time of Year in Florida

I went out in our back yard yesterday afternoon and caught the smell of orange blossoms, and went over to check out our two trees.

The smell of orange blossoms is my favorite smell in all the world.

We have two trees, one a navel orange and the other a tangelo.

Each had started producing blossoms, so I took a few minutes and knocked off the last of the uneaten oranges and tangelos.

This will allow the tree to stop putting energy into the fruit (which doesn't taste very good this late) and put all of their energies into the new blossoms and the new oranges and tangelos that follow soon after the blossoms drop off.

For the next three weeks or so, we'll be treated to the smell of orange blossoms, from both the people's yards like ours that have them, but also from the orange groves in the area.

I love, love, love the smell of orange blossoms.


CG said...

It must be so wonderful to grow oranges in your garden!

Leanne said...

You have no idea how I envy you and that smell. I spent my summers in Florida so I missed the blooms, but I remember the smells and tastes so well. A couple of years ago, we went to Orlando in the spring and it was all I could do to not pull the car over and just sit and inhale deeply next to an orange grove. What an incredible, fresh, sweet smell.


Kerri said...

Isn't it wonderful to get such joy from these little things???
I am SOOOOO looking forward to Spring! Hope you are feeling well!

Daniel J Santos said...

I have lots of oranges in my garden and your right it's wonderful smell.

Great photos.

imac said...

Can almost smell them from here, great photos and info John.

photowannabe said...

I love that heady fragrance too. Lucky you to have your own Florida OJ.

isabella said...

Would you believe I never experienced that aroma! Now I will scour the neighborhood for some orange blossoms...
In the absence of those, I love the smell of my jasmine vine. Love, love, love it ;-)

Moi said...

i miss Fl's orange juice.....miss it so much!!! i had always wanted to capture orange blossoms while back there but apartment living offers only so much!! and the last thing i would want to do is moseying around someone's backyard with my camera!!! phew!!!

loved both the your current bougainvillea shot too !!! you are not the only one missing on blogging scene's been hard for me to catch up with everyone's blog too!!