Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Christmas in the Florida Garden

Meems at Hoe & Shovel came up with the idea for the 12 Days of Christmas in the Florida Garden.

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.

1 comment:

Meems said...

Nothing like pretty citrus to remind Floridians it is December! Beautiful tree and fruit. I love to see the ladders, ginormous gathering buckets, and fruit piled overflowing as they pick.

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