Our Trees ALSO Change Color in the Fall

This is a view from an upstairs window of our tangerine tree which will be covered with "orange" as the fruit ripens through the winter months. Cindy List said it best of all in a comment yesterday, "A change of season in southern California is almost an oxymoron...! ... it's just more subtle than here in NE Ohio".

As original home owners 30+ years ago, we filled the yard with primarily citrus and fruit trees. While not planning to move any time soon, I wonder, when we've sold the house someday, will the new owners replace these? Personally, they're another of my favorite things about our home.

This photo is a "Postcard from California" for the likes of Kris Snow who wrote me that it's getting chilly back there in New Hampshire.
I love the daily insights into people's lives that are so different from mine (for one reason or another). Thanks for sharing your postcard from your corner of the globe!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Great shot, I'll take fall colors any way I can get them!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Lovely! I have always enjoyed the citrus trees, though the best smelling is the spring when they are blooming! It wreaks havoc on my allergies, but I love it anyway!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Love your tangerine tree. Yum, my favorite winter fruit. Very nice postcard from Southern California.
posted October 6th, 2010  
You're funny.
posted October 6th, 2010  
I love the thought of oranges in my own yard, but it will never happen here in Washington. Apples, maybe. Nice shot, Louise!
posted October 6th, 2010  
We recently completely demo'd our entire backyard to have a clean slate to work with and unfortunately a victim to this was a mature citrus tree we had. It was in a really awkward location in our yard and we struggled with the decision to take it down. On D-Day, I happened to be working from home and I wasn't looking forward to hearing the chainsaw fire up. To make things worse, the landscapers actually ended up using an axe! So for what seemed like hours I got to hear the "thump, thump, thump...crash" of our poor tree being dismembered. They haven't hauled the tree parts away yet and it's a constant reminder to us every day. In all we removed 4 trees, but we'll be planting at least 7 back in. Anyways, thought I'd share that your shot stirred a lot of emotion with me tonight :).
posted October 6th, 2010  
Kris is correct it is getting chilly back here in NH! But that means it is time to take out your favorite sweaters, your hand knits, and early evening fires outdoors. All that being said it would be nice to have an orange tree out my back door!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Ah yes! I lived in Sunnyvale (near San Jose) til I was 13. Dad said we didn't know was weather was...he was from southern Illinois where I am now. When I moved here at 16, I quickly discovered that he was right. I adore trees and hate to see when they have to be taken down. For any reason. Several years ago, we had to have a major sewer line repaired in the back yard. I shed real tears as they took down my Dogwood tree. It had to come down simply because that's where they needed to dig.
posted October 6th, 2010  
So very different a view from your window, Its a beautiful tree . Are the tangerines ready to eat ?
posted October 6th, 2010  
Yum! They're both beautiful AND delicious! (and thanks for the quote above!)
posted October 6th, 2010  
Calfornia and Tangerines sound fantastic right about now. It's been gray, rainy and gloomy in NY for days.
posted October 6th, 2010  
Those are beautiful! It must be wonderful to have all that fresh citrus in your own yard. Can I come visit? Like Penne said, the weather here has been so damp and gray.
posted October 6th, 2010  
What a great thought -- reaching out of an upstairs window to pluck a tangerine! Hope you get some good soaking rains.
posted October 6th, 2010  
You are so l ucky to have all that fresh fruit in the winter while we have snow...and it doesn't taste that good..ha ha
posted October 6th, 2010  
You DO have colour in the fall! Oh, so yummy colour -how lucky you are! It's a beautiful tree.
posted October 6th, 2010  
we have that too at home!!!!! ohmai! our trees in our yard produce some of the most yummy oranges, juice, salad, etc. :p
looks like yours do too! :D
posted October 6th, 2010  
Aaahhh! There's the life...reach out your bedroom window, grab a tangerine and relax with a book before bed! It's okay...I won't mind when the snow flies here, I'll complain...that's what we do...but I am looking forward to fall and winter...maybe I can get some of my projects done! Love your delicious fall shot!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Oh, I miss seeing these. I do remember picking an orange once that was growing by the side of the city road and it tasted awful (too much carbon monoxide I guess!)
posted October 6th, 2010  
I would love to have citrus trees - how fun!
posted October 6th, 2010  
actually looks really Goooood!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Beautiful against that blue sky!
posted October 6th, 2010  
What a gorgeous tree, and it looks so healthy too. I know the more "mature" I become, I find myself thinking about a move to a more warmer climate, but living all my life in an area that experiences the dramatice seasonal changes, I think I would miss it in the end. So I think I will allow myself to mature a little more before making a final decision on that.
posted October 6th, 2010  
Can I live in your backyard? I won't be much trouble : ) This must be such a wonderful site to see every morning.
posted October 6th, 2010  
Beautiful tree! Having a tangerine tree must be awesome. I can only how good it might smell.
posted October 6th, 2010  
Well, I guess that answers my query about your leaving CA one day. How lucky to have such wonderful things growing right outside your door. :-)
posted October 6th, 2010  
Yes we do live in land.. I haven't heard sailors ... and in the morning... Red sky in the morning shepherds warning.
posted October 6th, 2010  
you title really cracks me up! i wish we had a fruit tree in our yard...
posted October 6th, 2010  
great picture!! my parents have a lemon tree that miranda loves to pick from when we visit!!
posted October 6th, 2010  
great "postcard" shot! I love the idea of going out your door and picking some fruit to eat, instead of going to the store to buy fruit from another country.
posted October 6th, 2010  
@gayleaustin Once the fruit is ripe, we have juice every morning. The fruit would be delicious to eat, but there's too much. We share with neighbors, too, as you might have guessed!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Beautiful picture...and I never thought of how you get the see the fall colors but in a different way.
posted October 6th, 2010  
I've always wanted to grow citrus trees...they smell great. Too bad the weather here is too harsh for them...someday. Enjoy your trees and thank you for the lovely photograph so we can enjoy it too!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Wow!!!! I just LOVE tangerines!!! I eat them by the dozen when tehy're in the stores (usually around november overhere).I never knew what they looked like while still on a tree, when I get them they're in a net! Usually they're imported from Spain.How I wish I could have a tree like that! Or a neighbor with one....
posted October 6th, 2010  
Very funny. It is getting cold in MA also, have a fire going in my wood stove.
posted October 6th, 2010  
Nothing origenal left to see, love the pic.
posted October 6th, 2010  
Wow, how lovely to have oranges growing in your garden! Nice shot
posted October 6th, 2010  
Reminds me of Christmas! As kids we had a tangerine tree in the backyard and we'd always get tangerines in our stockings from Santa. =)
posted October 7th, 2010  
You are just so lucky! I'd love to pick a fresh tangerine/orange for breakfast every day! But then again, you can't pick apples. (Not that we have any in the yard either)
posted October 7th, 2010  
thanks for that glimpse of a warmer climate, lovely tree I can just imagine all the yummy things you can do with those!
posted October 7th, 2010  
Louise: Thank you so much for your comment on Mum and my photos for my birthday. I've loved vinyls since I was very young; and still do (as you can see from this week's theme I've put into this month). I've had this love affair for so long, I don't know anything different... yet, I do own an MP3 player, I don't use it very often (usually I lose it one of my handbags... hehe).
posted October 7th, 2010  
What a great shot :)
They look delish!
posted October 7th, 2010  
I all of a sudden have a desire for vitamin c..........Fruit trees are a wonderful addition to any yard, if you live somewhere that allows them to grow....
posted October 7th, 2010  
What a delight to have fruit trees in your yard - full of fruit too :D
posted October 7th, 2010  
(:
i'm so jealous of your bounty of fruit right in your backyard!! great shot.
posted October 7th, 2010  
i had no idea that they matured in the winter...so funny as all our trees here in the midwest are shedding their leaves in preparation for snow!
posted October 9th, 2010  
Wow, a tangerine tree. That´s beautiful. I´d love a plum tree to my little garden at the summer cottage. I almost bought one last year but it was too big. Or our car is too small. Maybe next year then:)
posted October 11th, 2010  
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