When my first two children were born, we were living in Southern California. Back then, the military housing we lived in was near the orange groves. In December, when the trees are in bloom, the night air would be filled with a sweet perfume. I'm sure the orange groves have been bulldozed to make way for more houses. It was at this time I learned that citrus trees bloom when they are in fruit. I didn't realize that citrus flowers smelled so sweet!
The Lemon Tree
I was reminded of that time and the orange groves of California when I came home from work today. We have three citrus trees in our new extension. They're in the room I grandly call the orangery. One of the lemon trees and the lime tree are bursting with blossom and the entire room was filled with the same delicate perfume I remember.The other lemon tree
The other lemon tree is sterile. It has been grown from a seed so we don't hold out much hope that it will ever bloom. It could happen, but probably wont. (sorry about the blurred photo) We put Christmas lights and small wooden Santas on it to make up for the fact that it is barren.