Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lemons larger than Grapefruits?

We had such a beautiful drive out to the groves last week!


The weather was fabulous

and the fruit was juicy and ripe!


One of the best parts about blogging is making friends!

And I have a friend that lives close to me...Del’s Shells.

She posted HERE about the groves and gave me good directions.

This is JoAnn Reynolds....



She and her brother own Reynolds Grove and


use some of the same equipment that their parents used!


We walked around and took pics and enjoyed our visit!


We bought Navel oranges, Satsumas, Grapefruit

and ONE lemon that we picked from the tree!


Wait I want THAT one! heehee!


That’s it!


Here’s our ‘haul’!


Whoops...where’s the Ponderosa Lemon?


OH MY! It just doesn’t get any better than that!


Well...except for the Poinsettias growing in their flower beds!


Wish you were close by so that I could

share some fresh Florida sunshine...and fruit!


Which do you want? One of each?

*Happy holidays*


Shelia said...

Well, I started typing a comment and it just went away! :0 Wonderful looking fruit and that's the biggest lemon I've ever seen! We have a lemon tree and it's fruit is ripe at this moment too. I thought our fruit was big! ;) That looks like such a yummy juicy orange too! Nothing like fresh fresh citrus!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbiedoos said...

Oh how yummy and juicy looking. When we lived in South Florida I would take Alex to a grove. They had little tours and big trees and a park. Years later they tore it down to build houses, I was so sad. Your trip looked fabulous. How nice to have another blogging friend!

Vee said...

Ohhhh, I bet it is delicious! I've never seen a lemon so large. And I've never seen poinsettias growing in a garden before, though I have a few still carrying on here. One after two years and summer in the ravine. Ha! You always do the most interesting things, Lavender Dreamer!

Unknown said...

Mouth watering!! Oh, to bite into them ... lucky you. Poinsettias grow into huge trees when we were living in Hawaii.
Happy New Year blessings ~

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

When I saw the title to your post today I immediately thought of Della and the fruit grove and wondered if it was the same one. The fruit there looks so amazing. I'd love to visit that place.

Musings from Kim K. said...

How amazing do those oranges and GIANT lemon look!!!! So very different than our gray cold West MI weather right now.

Holiday hugs!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, I want one of each! They look delicious and yes, mouth watering!

Happy New Year!

Della said...

I am so glad you made it out to Reynolds! In all of the years we've been, I haven't ever met Joann...just the Mr. I guess he didn't have any pecans or kumquats left, huh?

Enjoy your fruit...I bet it's all gone by now! So sweet and juicy!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun place, looks like you had such a good time. I can smell and taste that orange from here. Yum!

Green Creek Primitives said...

OK now I have an urge to eat fruit. Looks like you had a fun day. I have never seen a lemon that big. Thanks for taking us along with you. Vicky

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I just finished eating the lovely orange that came in my stocking this year. I think a stop for more would be a good idea. Wish I could visit that wonderful orchard!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Sounds like fun! The fruit looks so juicy and sweet.
Happy New Year!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

That is one huge lemon. I'm sure the fruit is so much better fresh from the tree, you can't get any better than that.

Bev said...


JG said...

I just cannot choose ... the large lemon, the juicy orange or the gigantic poinsettia blossom! Maybe one of each! :)
Happy New Year!

Joanne said...

You are too funny! That must be the biggest lemon I have ever seen! What a great time you had.
Thanks for sharing! It put a smile on my face :0)
Blessings, Joanne

flyingbeader said...

OH YUM! Here I am in cold gray Ohio & love watching what you do there in Florida. I love this post. It reminds me of when we lived in California during the 60s. My uncle owned an orange grove in Bakerfield & I always loved going to visit especially when the fruit was ripe. Nothing like pulling an orange off the tree & eating it fresh. So different taste than the ones we get here in Ohio. We also had a lime, lemon & grapefruit tree in our yard. But the fig tree was my all time favorite. So here I am in the part of the country that doesn't grow citrus...I miss it so so so much.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Dear Friend, you do go to the neatest places and do the most fun things! I want to be just like you when I grow up! Oh, wait I am grown up. I guess I just need to get out and be more adventurous. Hee hee. You and Mr. L.D. Should have a tv show titled- The Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Lavender Dreamer. I would watch it! Seriously, the trip looked like a fun and educational one. I have seen the fruit growing in Fla. and Calif. but have never seen a poinsettia growing like that. The fruit looks lucious.-------Shannon

Barbara F. said...

That citrus looks wonderful! Can't beat the Florida sunshine. Happy New Year. xo

DaCraftyLady said...

they look wonderful and I do so love Florida sweet...I have family there and we just love visiting in the springtime...thinking of going again this next great to visit such a fun place and meet up with another blogger...Happy New Year to you and yours....

Lil Raggedy Angie said...

Wow and wow , I have never seen poinsettias growing in a flower bed nor any that large Im in awe ! And the Lemons sheesh Ive never seen em that big , makes me wish I could visit florida and o to see the ocean that would be grand! Have a great day hugs lilraggedyangie
PS if you missed it I shared my raggedy collection yesterday :0)

Prims and Annies said...

Hi Diane...I'm ready to move back to Orlando...another favorite of mine other than the fruit was driving by the orchards at night when the orange trees were in bloom..just to inhale the the fragrance...nothing else like it.
Smiles and huggs

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Good thing I follow your blog so I get to see so many fabulous areas of my home state!! What a fun day, I have never seen a poinsettia that big, our home grown oranges are the best!


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I have never seen a poinsettia growing in gardens ~ only the ones bought growing in pots. That is an awesome photo! Great visit with your blogging friend! Lovely haul! :)

Sending very Happy New Year wishes!

Donna said...

THAT is a lemon! It's as big as a grapefruit!

Karena said...

Yum seeing that peeled orange looks so good Diane!! Fresh fruit is the best!
Art by Karena

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

That has to be the biggest lemon I've ever seen! Great looking citrus, nice haul. Enjoy it :)

Reena said...

Such a huge lemon! I've enjoyed my year with you and wishing you the best of what the new year will bring!

Cameron said...

Blog friends are the best! I wish I could instantly travel thru the wires to visit......look at all that wonderful fruit!

I just love citrus....and the lemon is a beauty!

I bet they made your place smell lovely! :)

Marfi-topia said...

how fun!!!
it looks amazing there!
I would love a huge lemon...I can practically smell the oranges.
I thought the poinsettias were decorations you put up!!! they're gorgeous.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Thanks for visiting...nice to meet you! My that's fab fruit! We don't do citrus in the Pacific Northwest! LOL!

Kathy said...

I keep trying to grow lemon trees, mini ones in pots - they don't survive the cold, when it gets cold here! We used to have one in our backyard when I was a child in California! I think it is fantastic to have fruit trees in the garden - this is lovely - wow! The size of those lemons - are they Meyer?
I hope you have a very Delightsome New Year,

Caty said...






Janie said...

I Love those..I lived in Plantation for a year with my uncle (and family), a long long long time ago, and it never ceased to amaze me that so many neighbors let their ruby red grapefruits fall to the ground..they said the trees were"dirty" ..what a waste. My little cousin and me used to go up and down the street with his wagon and collect coconuts..soo good! Up here in the north they have NO IDEA what a real coconut tastes like...(or orange or even a lemon!) at ALL it's stages..and one neighbor had mangoes..she let them drop too because she said she was allergic..when all she had to do was peel them..oh well..I hope they are better about it now (that was..oh...about 1969-70.)
One of each..I'll take one of each..

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ah yes! Oranges. We will have oranges in our back yard....some day. Maybe. :) Hopefully.
Those oranges look wonderful.
Happy New Year, my friend! Here's to another wonderful year of blogging with you!
Hugs and love to you,

Fallingladies said...

Yep, I want some of each! thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

wow that looks wonderful Oranges were always a Christmas treat in my family growing up always had a big juicy orange in the stocking. yum

- KAT -

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I can taste that juicy fruit just by looking at your pics. There's nothing quite like fruit picked straight from the tree. That lemon is unbelievable. would make one heck of a lemon tart. Glad you had a fun trip. We had record warm here today, 58 degrees. Nice but weird for Dec.

nancy huggins said...

I guess we will just have to pay the price to have our fruit shipped up North..but I guess that is O K since I have 3 sons that drive over the road and it is nice to know some times I am helping the truckers get a pay check :)

Jody Wakefield studio said...

Wow, how lucky are you to have access to fresh citrus like that, makes my mouth water just seeing your pictures. Right now all this looks pretty bad in our local grocery stores, but you get it off the tree, what a treat.

Cranberry Morning said...

Nothing like REAL fruit, fresh from the tree. I can't tell you how long it's been since I ate a good orange. What a delightful treat!

Hope you have a safe, healthful, and wonderful 2012.

Lilac & Lavender said...

That fruit looks so delicious :) Loved seeing pictures of those poinsettias ~ never seen anything like that! Beautiful :)

aurbie said...

Me want. In Maryland grocery stores our grapefruits are the size of small oranges and the oranges are the size of lemons. They are dried out and terribly expensive. Correction: We do have some good grocery stores like Wegmans and Whole Foods but they are hours away.

Linda said...

Thanks for sending me back to this post. Lovely! Linda@Wetcreek Blog