We get our first freeze of the season in Dallas tonight. I’m thinking of the heat of the summer.
Kathryn gambled a bit, bought a Satsuma orange tree for the patio plant menagerie this summer. To her joy and my utter surprise, it fruited.
Green fruit approached its final size in late June, then tortured us as it just sat there, green and unripe. They turned orange slowly, through August and September. An occasional individual would give up and hit the ground. So we had samples — bitter at first, hints of sugar in September.
Two weeks ago Kathryn harvested a score of the little beauties.
First freeze tonight, but we enjoyed the last of the oranges this morning.
Horticulture teaches patience. Horticulture is fun.
- Shouldn’t have been so suprised. Satsuma (Citrus unshiu) are among the cold hardiest of the oranges.