One of my favorite neighborhood sights during fall is this maple tree which bursts into bright yellow-orange for a few days each fall. It's probably a Shantung Maple from China because the leaves look smaller than our native Big Tooth Maple.
While the Red Oak next door gets good color it's the evergreen tree just in front that is quickly becoming a favorite.
Our neighbor brought seeds for this sour orange tree from his native Honduras. The trees are descendants of Seville oranges brought to the New World in the 17th Century by Spanish explorers.
Sevilles are not pretty grocery store oranges and their bitter juice is astringent on the tongue. High pectin content makes them excellent for marmalade which I had fun making last year.
This year I used them in Mojo, a citrus marinade, for grilled chicken and also made a delicious Sour Orange Pie. Most "Sour Orange" recipes include various methods to approximate the taste of hard-to-find Seville oranges so I am very appreciative that I have been invited to take as many sour oranges as I can use.
Sticking with the citrus theme we have a bumper crop of Mexican Limes which are the same as Key Limes. It usually takes about 20 of these tiny fruits to make a Key Lime pie but so worth it since lime juice doesn't get any fresher than straight off the tree.
Meyer Lemons are ripening just in time for Lemon Cheescake. So nice to have fresh lemon and limes at hand.
We finally produced a Pomegranate with seeds worth eating!
In more news, the front landscape survived last week's snow with very little damage. Not a bit of tip burn on the Cycad.
Golden Barrels are fine, just a little wet.
Seedheads on grasses are heavy with all the rain we've had this past week.
Fortunately most of my dry-loving plants like this Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' are planted in fast-draining gravel.
One more warm day and then we'll have a cold front.
It's raining again this morning. No snow predicted for Christmas.