Beauty, Fragrance, and Fruit

“Beauty, Fragrance, and Fruit”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Gardens can be so sensual. It is easy, however, to appeal to the sense of sight with all the beautiful, colorful flowers and textures while the other senses are often overlooked. Wind rustling grasses or water features will fulfill the sense of hearing, but the sense of smell is often relegated to close inspection of flowers. Right now, you do not have to be close to the flowering citrus trees to smell their wonderful fragrance. They are perfuming the whole garden with an absolutely delightful scent.

 

 

We have satsuma and lime trees, and all are blooming. I know now why orange blossoms were so popular for brides years ago. The fragrance is not overpowering or cloying, but so fresh, floral, and spring like.

 

 

The heady perfume is not the only plus to citrus trees, the promise of fruit come early fall is just as important. This year there seems to be an abundance of flowers, and while not all will set fruit, it sure looks like there will be a bumper crop.

 

 

With beautiful flowers, wonderful aroma, and delicious fruit, it is no wonder that citrus trees are so popular.

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With a Twist of Lime

“With a Twist of Lime”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 

Last summer we bought a lime tree and harvested one lime.  This year our yield has gone up 100%.  Yes, that’s right two limes.   We had plenty of blossoms this spring, and many did set fruit, but only two ended up surviving.  Being that it is a small tree, it produced more flowers than it could support as fruit.  Citrus trees often take several years to bear more than just a few fruit.  We have been growing satsumas successfully for several years and decided to give limes a try.  Growing satsumas helped prepare us for what to expect from a young lime tree.

 

 

Because of lime trees’ sensitivity to freezing temperatures, we are growing this one in a container.  The plant is still small and easily brought inside on the few nights that we have a freeze.  If it gets too big to bring inside, we will have to plant it on the south side of the house and hope for the best.  But, I am sure that will be many years from now.

 

We bought the lime tree with the intention of using them instead of lemons for iced tea (really good with limes), to have with an occasional beer, and, with our mint, for making mojitos.  We have found the minty mojitos so refreshing in the summer.

 

So, even though there are not enough limes to make mojitos, I can have a few glasses of gin and tonic with a twist of lime.