Seville Oranges From the Tree
No we didn’t pick them but many streets and squares in Santa Cruz were full of trees dripping in Seville oranges. They looked simply wonderful in the winter light with their dark glossy leaves silhouetted against a clear blue sky. Incidentally the Spanish think it most peculiar that we make them into marmalade. I travelled light so couldn’t bring any back but will hope to buy mine at the St Nicholas Farmer’s Market on wednesday.
And this pot of hyacinths, which was just about pushing a flower through the soil when we left six days ago, sprang into life and greeted us on return with a delicious scent. Perfect timing for week 11 of flowers from the garden. And I was greeted by spectacular scent outside the kitchen door from a row of Sarcococca otherwise known as Christmas or sweet box. An Irish garden designer friend Lucy Moore introduced me to it several years ago and I purchased one plant and took cuttings. It’s easy to propagate if you have room for a small hedge but it’s equally good as a single plant in a pot and that’s enough to fill the air with an intense perfume. Naomi at outofmyshed.co.uk/ has just posted a very useful blog on choosing plants for scent throughout the year including sweet box. Her photograph shows it well and although the flowers are tiny and it’s not a spectacular plant for the rest of the year, it’s one I would always want to plant near a garden door.