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Five Things Friday

First ripe mandarin from our tree

The five little things that made my week…

1. We’ve been waiting four years for our mandarin tree to bear fruit, and finally this week… the first ripe mandarin! (With many more to come.)

Fig goes out, orange goes in

2. The change of season in our fruit trees. As our fig begins to drop its leaves and go into hibernation, our orange begins to grow fuller and brighter with mounds of winter sweetness.

Serrano pepper in winter

3. It’s officially winter, and our serrano pepper plant is finally setting fruit.

Christmas morning

4. Visiting family in Marin and waking up to this on Christmas morning.

Mount Tamalpais on the day after Christmas

5. Day after Christmas, and our view of Mount Tamalpais from the backyard. One of the warmest Christmases we’ve ever had up here!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป


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    Linda Parker
    December 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I will vicariously enjoy your wonderful mandarin harvest while looking forward to my little Okitsu satsuma tree’s future harvest in the years to come.

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      December 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      That first juicy bite is worth the wait! ๐Ÿ™‚


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