I've always had a fascination with citrus
Reading about "Orangeries"
Those magical places
Where citrus grows in winter
In 2004, when
Daughter Sarah and her Andy
lived in Ohio,
Friend Shirley Ann and I visited
And Sarah took us to
An Estate Garden
in a small town not far from there.
I was enthralled
But then I always am by public gardens
I would visit every one if I could
And when we lived in England that Spring,
we did visit a lot of gardens!
On that trip, they had a gift shop
and a greenhouse shop
A small orange tree
and at Smith and Hawken, a Guy Wolfe pot to put it in
Ten years later . . .
The tree has grown!
And it has always been loaded with oranges!
The first few years, it was a struggle in the winter
But then we built the breakfast room
Which is the perfect winter home for not only the orange tree
But the other plants as well.
Orange is a favorite winter flavor
However, the orange tree is a
A bitter orange
Which means that it isn't an
But we can enjoy the orange flavors of winter
with market oranges
Which make a good breakfast dish
Orange French toast
served with bacon
and a pot of freshly brewed coffee
I did find, however, that these oranges make great
I spent a day this week
the orange tree's oranges supplemented by market ones
The orange tree, however, lords over the breakfast table
As it has every winter since 2007
when we built the breakfast room.
It's Sunday and I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.