Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Maybe it's because I'm from an area where it snows and people ice fish in the winter. I have a cherry tree in the back yard and grew up with apple trees. We live less than a mile from an apple orchard where we get our apples. While I like apple and cherry trees and love the fruit, they do not have mystique. Citrus trees have mystique to this son of the rust belt. The Rockefeller Park greenhouse has a couple of dwarf lime trees, but the ground crew dig them up in the early fall and bring them into the greenhouse. I know intellectually that citrus trees in someone's back yard is no different than my cherry tree. But emotionally I am always thrilled like a little kid seeing citrus trees growing just about everywhere when we visit southern California. Annie took Pat and I to a city park where the remnants of a once vast orchard are preserved. We take fall visitors to apple orchards to pick apples.


Noelle Johnson said...

Hi Jim,

Isn't it funny how different our perspectives are because of where we live? Citrus have been a part of my life since I was born. There are huge communities here in the Phoenix area where citrus trees are grown in the front yard too. BTW, I would love to see a real cherry tree ;0)

Lona said...

Wow, they were really loaded. It is amazing to see yellow and orange fruit on trees instead of red apples or peaches.
I keep forgetting to ask you the name of your giant blue hosta. Is in Blue Mammoth?

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

I understand completely how you feel. Living in the frozen north, I was fascinated by the large expanses of citrus trees when visiting California. I think orange trees are especially stunning.

Anonymous said...

I agree! Apple trees bo-ring? But I've never seen a citrus tree above say 2 feet tall in real life. Groves of them would be aMAZing!