Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Oranges


There was a time when farming, including citrus, was big business in Sierra Madre and the surrounding area, and provided a living for many local families.  Here in town, this included the Pegler ranch, the Hawks ranch and packing house, and (even to the present day) the Ward ranch.  Now, with the exception of the Ward ranch, orange trees are not so much a business in our city.  More like a really nice luxury item that many of us are lucky enough to have in our yards.  I very much enjoyed the wonderful scent of these orange blossoms as I stood under an orange tree taking several photos, in an attempt to capture these pretty blossoms.  Then, I came inside and sneezed for several minutes.  Ahhh (choo) - the things we bloggers will do for just the right shot!


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  1. oh i can smell them from here....my grandparents had orange trees and i loved to just pick and orange when i got hungry while out playing...i felt so self sufficient lol

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    1. Haha!! I know just what you mean!! :)

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  2. Sorry about your sneezing, but the photo is lovely and the blossoms do have an amazing fragrance.

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    1. It was worth it! They really have an amazing smell. I found something similar in a Yankee Candle once, and I was thrilled!

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  3. I love the light falling on these beautiful blossoms! *Almost* worth the sneezing :)) (Yes, I can relate, I get spring allergies when all the flowers burst out in Spring)

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    1. Funny - I'm usually okay with orange blosssoms, but I guess just standing there, with my nose in the tree, for minutes and minutes was just a bit too much! :)

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  4. Yummmm...if fresh oranges off the tree are as good as the plums we used to get off a tree in our yard...then it's worth a sneeze or two!!! (or three!)

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    1. Absolutely! My aunt and uncle used to have a plum tree, and I have had nothing like them since. :)

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  5. When I brought Mr LOL to Pasadena for the first time in '84, he couldn't believe the orange trees. Lovely reminder here. PS. Bless You :).

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    1. We are certainly lucky, around here. And thank you! :)

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  6. I love the aroma but boy do they make me sneeze.

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  7. The oranges from the trees at the deserted house across the street -- those are the ones I eat. The trees are probably 50-100 years old, and the fruit is sweet. My trees, the blossoms smell nice, but the oranges are sour.

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    1. Funny that the older trees seem to thrive on lack of care. We had a tree in our yard that we, literally, loved to death. It was getting over-watered, and just fell over in front of the porch one night. Now, what will you do if someone moves in to that deserted house? Befriend them? Sneak around in the night??

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  8. It's true. At the Huntington there are some original orange trees from the old man's time. You have to find the right trees, but when you do, it's heaven in a peel. (If someone moves in across the street, I guess I'll cry.)

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    1. He's an in a peel. That it is!!

      I think your plan is well thought out. I would do the same.

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