Sunday, 13 July 2014

the land of citrus

At the moment it feels a little like we are living in the land of citrus. Like we popped our heads through the clouds and the land of orange, yellow and green hues magically appeared.

Anything citrus-y, you name it, it all loves to grow here. Oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, cumquats, grapefruit. We are well and truly surrounded by it at the moment.






Our own citrus orchard is nothing to be sniffed at. We grow more than enough to feed ourselves and have plenty to give away. We grow so much, we could probably sell some as a little side crop if we wanted to.

But my parents, well, they have the motherload. Acres of orange, yellow and green fruit hanging from heavy branches. I remember helping to plant them when I was a kid. Many of them are taller than a house now. Crazy big. Some so heavily laden the trees are groaning under their weight.

This year one tree actually snapped. A little bit of wind and all that fruit, well the poor tree lost a few limbs. I'm sure it will shoot new limbs again. It's a healthy old tree. Goodness, is there ever some fruit though.

It's been a funny old year for citrus. We've had a very dry year with a long summer and the trees are confused. Some trees are loaded to the hilt, while others are quite bare. It's like some freaked out and overproduced while others decided to just close up shop.

Not that we're in any danger of running out of citrus here. Hundreds of trees loaded with fruit is really a sight to behold.

Let's just say Vitamin C is never in short supply.


24 comments:

  1. and I'm excited because I have a crop of 6 grapefruit (they are the most sour things in the world, only good for marmalade, but very good for marmalade ;o)

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    1. Any crop you grow yourself is always exciting :) Well done!

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  2. Oh my goodness, how beautiful! I wish I could reach out and grab one of those, they look amazing!

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    1. We are a bit spoiled for choice :)

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  3. Ah friend what a sight for the eyes!!!! How blessed are you all to have this goodness growing in your garden and in your parent's garden as well! Boy...what I would do to have the space to grow a plethora of fruit trees! Beautiful!!! Happy week to you friend! Nicole xoxox

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    1. It's so bright to look at all the fruit on a winter's day! We are lucky :)

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  4. How wonderful to be able to grow all that citrus. I wish we could do that here, but it's too dry. Enjoy!

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    1. Citrus can be a bit picky with climate- although we seem to have the perfect climate for it here!

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  5. Yum.......would love an abundant supply of citrus although happy with about 15 lemons on our little dwarf lemon tree. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. Well done on your lemons Kathy- nothing quite like like growing your own!

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  6. We have fruit trees over the fence that we can pick from lemon, grapefruit and oranges. I'm hoping to get jam making this weekend xo

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    1. I should make some jam! Great idea :)

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  7. Oh that smell must be gorgeously overwhelming. We don't have a citrus climate, and I'm not too fond of it, but it smells so good!

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    1. It does have a wonderful smell doesn't it! It's like nature's vitamin in the winter time :)

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  8. How wonderful. I am am envisaging lemon tarts, lemon and orange curds, orange cakes..ok I shall stop. I could so eat a lovely lemon tart right now with a cup of tea before retiring for the evening. Enjoy your bounty.:)

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    1. lemon tart sounds pretty good to me as well :)

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  9. Looks great. I've been enjoying the plentiful limes and grapefruits from friends gardens down here in Melbourne this year too. I can imagine how good that orchard smells.

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    1. Citrus has an amazing smell doesn't it! Lucky you to have friends with fruit trees :)

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  10. Wow how wonderful to able to grow so much, such abundance. We are not able to grow any citrus which is just as well really as eating it makes me ill!

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    1. Oh what a shame it makes you sick... it seems quite a few people have problems with eating citrus.

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  11. It all looks totally amazing. I'm having to cut back on citrus due to a stomach problem and I'm really not happy about it. Nothing beats freshly squeezed orange juice. And I can't begin to imagine how much better it must be made with fruit straight from the tree!

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    1. You are right Annie! Fresh juice doesn't really compare to the stuff from the store!

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