Friday, June 17, 2011

The Orange Tree

During the colder months it's the citrus trees that spring into life. In addition to adding some much needed colour to the garden, it's great to be able to pick fresh fruit over the winter. The fruit on this tree is not sweet enough to eat until we get a few good frosts, until then they're still quite sour.
This tree was already mature when we bought the property more than 20 years ago so I estimate that it's more than 30 years old.

The tree itself is not much to look at for most of the year, until the winter. This probably explains why I've not given it the attention it needs over the years. I don't like using chemicals and sprays if I can help it but this year I decided to spray all my fruit trees with copper as some were showing signs of disease including this orange.

Several years ago when I decided to landscape this area I had to hack into its roots quite severely to put the steps in, which caused it to suffer a bit, but I think it's bounced back now.

Izumi uses the oranges quite a bit in salads as shown in my post about Florence Fennel


  1. Mmmmm... Fresh home grown oranges sound great.

  2. I had a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice the other day. It tasted so good. I used the ones that fell off the tree naturally — it wasn't sour at all. It was actually quite sweet.

  3. Its beautiful Dave. I bet that is best orange juice ever! Thanks for your comment on my blog by the way. Its nice to know someone is listening.

  4. Thanks for visiting my Blog.

    I had an orange at lunch today. It's quite amazing to think about how all that juice is suspended within tiny little pockets of flesh and all packaged together into something that seems so solid. Oranges really are a marvel of creation.

  5. Hi Dave,

    It's idyllic to be able to pluck 'nature's nectar' from your own back yard like that. We've recently planted a lemon tree and a feijoa tree for that reason, and we're looking forward to them establishing and maturing.

  6. I believe now's just the right time to plant citrus. I bought a Meyer Lemon tree some time ago but only just got round to planting it into the ground on the weekend. It took me quite a while to decide on the best position for it. The problem with fruit trees is they can grow quite big.
    I would love to grow feijoas but can't think where I might plant one.