29 January 2019

Orange Season Here



It's orange everywhere here!
Orange is not my favorite color, but I sure love this shade this time of year.
It is citrus season!
The tree branches are bending, and it such a happy feeling to know we grew these.
There are two types of oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, and Meyer lemons this year!
We also discovered that if the oranges are left on the tree a little longer, they are juicier!

Orange Potpourri in Vintage Serving Bowl
I picked a couple of oranges, sliced, and dried them. I baked them in the toaster oven on a foiled cookie sheet, sprayed with cooking spray for three to four hours, and turned the slices every half hour at 225 F.  It's dry here, so the air finished the process.

The pine cones were bought, because there are none at this elevation. These are bleached. I placed them in a bucket for a few days in a mixture of half water and half bleach, and under something heavy, some old dish plates, because pine cones float. After a color of days I hosed the cones off after dumping the liquid in an area in the yard where the dogs went, and fully watered it in. It gets rid of odor for quite awhile. The cones close when wet, but open when placed outside to dry.
That doesn't take long here either!  The cones have no scent at all after rinsed and dried outdoors.

I  then added some dried roses and baby's breath from the bouquet below.

The oranges still have a scent, but I added a few cloves, and a few drops of lemon and cinnamon essential oils. A cinnamon stick or too would have worked too, but I didn't have them.














Here is what is happening outside!
The tree in the foreground is our weakest tree. I think it is because our pug destroyed the feeder on that one so many times. However I went to a watering class for our zone, and I realized the well, a circle that you build around the tree to hold water, eroded. So we are out here working repairing the drip system and wells, and building!
We are building a fence around the garden.
Our pug broke all the sprinklers and yanked out so many hoses! So I didn't have my fall garden this past autumn. She also eats all the tomatoes. She picks the green ones and eats the red ones. She's quite the discriminating pug!
It's the easiest solution and requires the least amount of fencing, since there is no convenient area for a dog run.  I am also going to put some wire around the tree emitters and probably some movement activated ones in the worse areas.

You can watch a video of her and the problem.
All of this happened in about a minute. I can't take my eyes off her!
Who knows what she ended up chewing!











Theses roses were a gift, and they are the ones that I dried.
They were a pretty coral sherbet with a touch of cranberry on the edges.
So they coordinated with the dish.










And look at this afternoon light! This time of year, the room gets a wonderful glow from the outside.
I will just says it's the oranges! I placed the potpourri here and lit a candle.












Such a wonderful golden glow everywhere!
I recently rotated this console from storage, and placed it here. It holds more than the chest, so that moved to another space.


That's all for now.
You can always find me on instagram.
xo Su
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37 comments:

  1. It all looks beautiful, and warm, at your home :)

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  2. I love orange too.Your roses are fantastic and I also love your pretty garden!Great pic of your black cat.Your post is charming as ever!Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much! This cat patrols the garden. xo Su

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  3. I LUV your trees...how great to walk outside, pick an orange and eat it right there.
    Your rooms just take my breath away...so so pretty. and Ive always coveted your sleeping porch....in my next life, I will have one!! xoxo

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  4. I love your cozy little sitting area.

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  5. Citrus season is here too!
    I love all citrus fruits, especially lemons are my favorite.
    Actually I made a nice trip to lemon farm last weekend with my friend and we picked up some lemons for home made lemonade and lemon pie.
    I love your cozy house!

    Have a wonderful day! Hugs,
    Susanna

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    1. Our Meyer Lemons are my favorite too! We can do many things with them, can't we!? Have a wonderful week, Susanna. xo Su

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  6. Love your tip for bleaching pine cones - didn't know that could be done! Your home looks gorgeous!

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  7. We are headed to the nursery this morning to look for a baby dwarf olive tree for a pot. Maybe we should look for a baby lemon tree too.

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    1. Lemon trees are so pretty. They have such pretty bright green foliage. xo Su

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  8. Where do you live Su? Always a sun worshiper here, I maybe should of relocated to your area. I had to double check the date on your post. I am freezing over here in my little farmhouse where the outside temp was 9 degrees last night. I am jealous right now. Oranges..remind me of sunshine, not winter. Also my least fav color of all is orange. But you girl make even an orange look beautiful. That potpourri mixed with pine cones is lovely and bet your cottage smells so good with bowls of that sitting around. I really like the console against that wall. I could dwell for many happy hours in your little desk nook area alone. Elegant and lovely photos as always.

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    1. Hi, Tonita. We are Arizona. Most of the year is beautiful, but the summers are horrible. But that's what you give up for nice weather! That's interesting that they remind you of sunshine, I guess they do! I've lived most of my life out west so I associate them with winter! Winter here... Oh my gosh! That is so cold! Do you have a generator, or is your fireplace the back up? Stay warm and safe! xoxo Su

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  9. OMG Such lovely photos..Since we’re experiencing snow here..Your post has brightened my day with the color orange. Your potpourri is delightful and I can well imagine the fragrant scent. Thank you for sharing your cosy home...Hugs

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  10. Oh Su, oranges! They are a beautiful breath of warm, fresh air. We are stuck in freezing temps and grey days. I know you suffer in summer, but how lovely right now! Enjoy!

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    1. Stay warm, Kim! I've been reading about the temps, and I spoke with my parents, and it sounds awful!!! xoxo Su

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  11. It's so nice that you are able to enjoy nice weather and your pretty yard. I love that you made your own potpourri too and it will make the room smell so nice. :)

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  12. It's a beautiful potpourri...and must smell great. Mandarin oranges are available here now and I have an entire bag of them. I am looking forward to some cottage cheese and a mandarin orange for my supper.

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  13. Your potpourri is quite beautiful. I do love all citrus that is picked and eaten right from the tree. Wishing we could grow them in the garden, but love that we can have them in the greenhouse. There are ripe lemons in there right now in the midst of winter.

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  14. Oranges are plentiful here in Florida right now too. What a great idea to make the Potpourri! I would love to try some! Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Have a wonderful week! xoxo Su

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  15. I adore how you celebrate citrus season Su. Your orange pot-pourri in a vintage bowl is truly gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow's party.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

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    1. Thank you so much, Kerryanne! I am honored to be featured. Have a great weekend! xoxo Su

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  16. Su how nice to grow your own citrus. That is fabulous. I love the potpourri you made so pretty.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  17. I do love your garden Su. The idea of growing citrus fascinates me.
    Good luck with fixing things up and deciding what to do with your Pug, I must say she is cute. :-)
    I love the potpourri. I have never bleached pine cones, what a unique look. I will try it in the summer here in Wisconsin.

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    1. Thank you, Carla! Isn't she!? She is so cute, but so mischievous, and difficult to train! xoxo Su

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  18. Oh that little rascal! It's hard to be mad at them when they're so darn cute though.

    We have been having California mandarins as dessert for every meal this last week. They are so sweet and I'm amazed that you can have them out of your backyard. I read an article on FB listing all the things that mandarins are good for, a long list of things. Keep those trees living out there!

    Your potpourri is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dewena. Those flowers stayed orange, because it was so dry the week that I dried them. If they dry fast here, they seem to keep the color! She's a rascal. The garden is fenced now. Now I need to fix all the irrigation outside the fence. That's the next solution. xoxo Su

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  19. Your post warms me so much here in the dead of winter! Between Ice storms,snowstorms and the coldest on record temps., I am hoping spring will be here soon. Thank you for your sunshine.

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