This is the time of year when our navel oranges sweeten and ripen. I've seen flatbed semi's loaded with ladders and crates parked in the orange groves...ready for pickers to begin their task of picking each orange by hand. Soon I'll be plucking these deliciously healthy fruits off the branch and savoring each bite of sunshine.
This particular tree is called "fruit cocktail" because three different varieties of citrus --Hamlin, Navel & Ruby Red grapefruit -- are grafted together and produced on this one tree. It's a great way to save space in a small garden. Soon we'll be planting her in the ground.