Oh, HTMB, I'm kind of surprised you didn't know that. Yes, the juniper berries are the key, distinctive flavor loaned to gin.
This is only my second attempt at the limoncello, and there are sooooooooooo many recipes, many of which conflict one another with debates galore. But, I settled on a recipe from someone who has made it for years and, knows what he's doing.
I have such a huge crop this year after last year's mediocre crop. I guess they needed a rest...
We have citrus trees scattered throughout protected areas in north central Florida, but on a very small scale. Most of the trees I've seen this year are, like yours, loaded with fruit. It's certainly a nice bonus to be able to go out into the yard and pick lemons, grapefruit, oranges and tangerines.
My family started growing citrus as a business in the central Florida area of Tampa in the late 19th century. Growing up, my home was in the middle of a 40 acre orange grove. But the citrus industry has changed in the state of Florida over the last 150 years. Many trees and crops were destroyed by freezes. Some growers gave up on the citrus industry and either planted other crops or sold their land, while others replanted citrus trees and gave it another go.
For the most part, my family replanted, but then a disease called tristeza began to infect trees grown on sour orange rootstock. Over time, all my family's groves were destroyed. While other growers replanted using a different type of rootstock, my branch of the family stopped growing citrus all together.
Now those who have continued to have success with tristeza-resistant rootstocks are losing trees to the Asian citrus psyllid, and it appears the commercial citrus industry in the state of Florida may eventually be a thing of the past.
I have heard about that and believe something similar has happened here. There was much chatter about a type of leaf minor here as well.
Gratefully, I have not been afflicted save a few bouts of white fly which are manageable.
I like to think it's because I have never used any kind of insecticide and have a healthy ecosystem going on.
The only problem I have is the opossum chomping my blood oranges. What baffles me is I know of two people in my immediate neighborhood who have blood orange trees burgeoning with fruit and no indications of opossum activity. I may just do away with the one tree all together. It's so frustrating!
I was going to inquire about the temperature there as it seemed unlikely such a gem would ripen in that chill. Still, I was so taken aback by it's beauty. Pity she will may not ripen,but, then again, given the capricious forces of nature, do not give up hope.
Golly I've missed some lovely photos ! Kerouac's #133 - where were those beautiful cornflowers? And Htmb's #137 revealing the grapes I hoped to see in September but alas they were already picked!
I noticed these shy little pink wild flowers growing partially shaded on the sand dunes. Tried to look them up and know for sure it is not Plectranthus because it is very low growing and as you can see almost hidden from view, the sun and the wind.
Not erica Bixa, but cotoneaster horizontalis. That and the ivv are planted against the back wall of our garage to blend it into the garden. The horizontalis has been spread all over the place as the birds eat the berries and then plant the seeds ready manured. The bluebells are a wild addition which crept into the garden when we weren't looking.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position