Sunday, November 30, 2014

A taste of Florida Sunshine!

The oranges and citrus fruit are ripening on the trees at this time of year.

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And one of our neighbors has a pretty little lime tree on their patio with a nice crop of limes.

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I picked a few (thanks neighbor) and will leave them on the counter to ripen for a few days before I cut them. Don’t they look pretty?

Limes

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

We’re having fabulous weather this week!

Time to drive out to the groves and get oranges, grapefruit and lemons, too!

49 comments:

Jill said...

That was one of the most amazing things I saw in Florida - oranges growing - loved it! Lucky you - enjoy!!

Simply Shelley said...

Oh I wish I was there with you to ride with y'all and pick some yummy grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. Grapefruit are my favorite though. I like mine will salt ;)
Blessings sweet Diane.....have a beautiful Sunday

Arlene Grimm said...

How nice to be able to pick citrus fruits from your garden! I remember my first trip to Florida( Disney World honeymoon 1976) and being amazed by the orange groves!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, that sounds wonderful! When I was a kid, each Christmas my dad would get a box of Florida citrus. it made the house smell wonderful!

Satu Kukkaiselämää said...

Beautiful! I envy your warm and mild climate. It's the darkest time of the year here in Finland. Happy Advent!

Greetings,
Satu

Cattails said...

Beautiful! I love Mexican cuisine and their use of limes!

Diane said...

I'm amazed-- everything outside here is pretty much brown!

TexWisGirl said...

how nice!

Sara D.B. said...

Wonderful photos, Diane!
Have a lovely new week!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is a great time to live in Florida. My grand kids went swimming on Thanksgiving day!
xx,
Sherry

Susan said...

We always received oranges in our stocking--I imagine it was Santa's way to help ward off the flu, but they sure were delicious. XOXO

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty! xoxo Citrus says Christmas to me too in the desert of Arizona. My older lemon tree is filled and my younger citrus trees have an assortment of a few oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines.

Art and Sand said...

Like you, we are experiencing fantastic weather. My favorite fruit at this time of year is tangerines and they actually make me think of Christmas.

Karena Albert said...

Ahhh, Diane beautiful images, while we are in the blustery wintry Midwest!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!
xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Linda H said...

Ahhh, I love "seeing the green" as our world is now white and cold... Are limes yellow before they ripen to green, or is that a really stupid question? I've seen oranges and lemons growing, but never limes, so forgive my question...

Jane and Chris said...

My favourite scent in the whole world is fresh cut limes.
Jane x

Teresa said...

I have never seen limes, lemmons or oranges growing on trees. They must be so colorful. I could use some of that color right now. White here. But at least it doesn't look dirty brown here now. But ask me about that color in spring and i will be happy to see it. :)

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, wow!!! That is so neat to pick the fresh fruit off a tree, yum yum.Blessings Francine.

Elizabeth said...

We are having beautiful weather, aren't we ! Enjoy !

Pamela Gordon said...

These are beautiful photos and it looks so sunny and hot there. It's 6 or 40 F here and rainy today so your photos are very cheerful! It would be wonderful to have fresh off the tree fruit! Enjoy. Hugs. Pam

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I can't imagine having a lime tree on my patio - how wonderful! Visiting the groves sounds like fun. A fresh off the tree orange must taste divine! Hugs xo Karen

Beth said...

Hi Diane, These are pretty pictures! How nice to have fresh citrus! When I was a little girl we visited aunts and uncles in California and were able to enjoy fresh avocados, lemons, and pomegranates. What a novelty, and what a pleasure!
Here in Iowa, I grow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries (and LOTS of flowers).
Hugs, Beth

Susie said...

So nice of your neighbor. Those are sweet to just look at on a plate or in a bowl. Blessings for a some great weather this coming week. xoxo,Susie

Linda Kay said...

Good for you to have those beautiful fruits awaiting ripening.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

We had snow yesterday and the temperature is now at 2 pm finally up to 31. I am soooo envious of being in a climate that allows you to pick citrus on Nov. 30th!!!

Carla from The River said...

I love to add lime and lemon to my water. Yum!
Fun photos.

eileeninmd said...

Oh yes,I love the Florida oranges! Your limes look wonderful, I like the tree! Enjoy! Have a happy week!

Vee said...

Hmmmm...I envy you all that fresh citrus. Gone are the days when my Florida relatives would send large boxes of citrus, but I have my memories. Yes, it does look pretty and I hope that it is most delicious.

September Violets said...

Just the mention of fresh limes and oranges makes my mouth water!!! Have a great week Diane :) Wendy x

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Oh to have a lime tree in a pot in the backyard. I suppose they ripen to green on the counter Diane?
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Brenda said...

Jealous! That is the one thing I miss about living in AZ, the yummy citrus!

Stacey said...

Fresh citrus fruit. Yummy. :)

Lorrie said...

Fresh citrus is so yummy. Glad you're enjoying it! Your post is so full of pretty today.

ladyfi said...

Oh, they do look delicious!

Jill Harrison said...

I love my lemon tree although sometimes I have a glut of lemons. On a cooking show a couple of years ago there was a lemon tree that they had trained over a trellis to make a shady area with a table underneath, and a view of the Italian coast beyond. I thought it was such a great idea - both the tree and the view!
Enjoy your lemons and have a lovely week.

Lynn said...

I love it! If I had one window that got enough sun I'd have a lemon tree-enjoy:@)

Maggie said...

How amazing to have all that citrusy goodness at your fingertips, lucky you!

Montanagirl said...

Very cool - LOVE your collage!!

vivian said...

oh... just a little jealous of your weather... lol! but I cant complain.. buffalo just had the huge snow storm last week and we never got any of it! whew!
enjoy those lemons!
xoxo
vivian

marciapilar.net said...

Love, love, love. I've been meaning to purchase a lemon tree for years (used to have lime) always waiting for our beach cottage. I think it's time to live in the moment.
Don't you just love our Florida citrus. I made two batches of limoncello and one of orangecello for Christmas. The kitchen smelled DIVINE.
xoxo
Marcia

Donna said...

I am visiting family in AZ and even though it seems strange to grow citrus in a desert, they have citrus ripening here too and oh I love fresh citrus.

ann said...

i hope you find me here at the very bottom of a very long list. Oh my. I am late commenting today. Too many things to do. But I have a quiet moment. I really like you header. I know how delicious and natural my apples taste right from the tree in the front yard, I can only dream about fresh tree grown oranges. Or bananas, even. Grapefruit? Those beautiful ruby reds. Oh my mouth waters now. I do hope the Florida growers have a great season. Enjoy a fresh orange me, won't you?

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
Your neighbor's lime tree is delightful. How nice it must be to be able to pick a few and take them home with you. I've always wanted a lemon tree - wouldn't that be sweet?

It sounds like your Florida weather is very pleasant in December.

Enjoy this Christmas season, my friend.

love,
~Sheri

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I can almost smell the lemon from here. My parents painted a lemon tree in our front foyer in the 1960's. Remember the song "Lemon Tree" sung by Peter, Paul & Mary?

The Rusty Thimble said...

Beautiful Photos, had to run when I seen the word sunshine
It is COLD here in Oklahoma
Brenda

Musings from Kim K. said...

Fresh limes! How fun. Enjoy your beautiful weather. We woke up to 13 degrees outside. Brrrrr!!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

It has gotten pretty chilly in Fla. I was there the weekend before Thanksgiving week!!! Hopefully it was low enough to make the citrus sweet!! Of course today in St. Augustine it was almost 90.
Lovely lemon tree!

Sam I Am...... said...

That is so cool to go out to your patio and pick fruit! It was warm for a couple days but now it's cold again sort of...43....not bad really but it's very overcast which makes it feel colder than it is. LOL! Enjoy your fruit!

Doreen@househoneys said...

It must be heavenly to be able to pick fruit right from your yard! I'm so looking forward to being there soon :).