January in Bloom

Citrus season is in full swing. I’m obsessed with collecting feral citrus in the woods. Typically they’re sour oranges, but every once in a while we find excellent tangerines and my very favorite, white grapefruit. We had these broiled one morning with some of my favorite people. And I made this classic. Yep, those are Nam Doc Mai mangos in January! We always heard this variety can fruit twice a year but we’ve never seen it happen. To be honest, they were not as sweet as they are in the summer, but it was still a treat.Excellent oysters. I can see why my friend Julie loves to paint them. I’ve been making tea from lemon balm and a mix of different types of mint, picked fresh and steeped in a pot of hot water. Look at this rascal.Girls trip to Bok Tower.Love those garden beds.Gopher tortoise cruising through the scrub.All the camellias in bloom.Watched the painted buntings at the feeder.And hanging out under the feeder was this pocket gopher that everyone thought was a rat.Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather! 

8 Comments January in Bloom

  1. Julie January 31, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    Is that squirrel smiling so big because he’s getting some mangoes in January? Those are definitely some beautiful oyster shells, and I’m sure you guys had a feast. Thank you for the mention!

    1. suwanneerose February 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Hi Julie! We definitely enjoyed those oysters. You’re right, that squirrel has a mango smile.

  2. Dale February 1, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Oh, how i love camelias! And I too, enjoyed that squirrel picture. He looked like he was up to no good!
    I sense a trip to Bok Tower is in my near future. 🌺

    1. suwanneerose February 28, 2023 at 10:59 am

      Hey Dale! You should definitely head over to Bok Tower. I think this is the best season there. Hope all is well. I’m looking forward to the reunion!

  3. Pat Deas February 2, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    Hello from Cedar Key…lovely pictures as usual. I to love Bok Gardens ,one of Florida’s most impressive places. I’m assuming that is orange bread on that beautiful platter,do you know the pattern? Unfortunately I’m a a dishie and have a rather large collection of vintage kitchen ware. Happy February!

    1. suwanneerose February 28, 2023 at 10:58 am

      Hey Pat, that’s a lemon drizzle cake, and the plate pattern is Strawberry Fair by Johnson Brothers from my husband’s grandmother. I have a hodgepodge of vintage kitchenware. I especially love fruity patterns!

  4. misti February 3, 2023 at 9:53 am

    Your December In Bloom just came to my feed for some reason but the comments were closed so I’ll say a belated Happy New Year for that post!

    The wild citrus and gopher tortoise and pocket gopher…so many cute things! Bok Tower is one place I never made it to while living in Florida.

    1. suwanneerose February 28, 2023 at 10:55 am

      My blog has a mind of its own these days, Misti. I’m just going with it for now because every time I fix one thing another breaks. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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