A Taste of Spring in January at Just Fruits and Exotics

Apricot Bee January II 1-2-2015 3-20-53 PMI was not the only being that enjoyed a January visit and a taste of spring at my favorite nursery, Just Fruits & Exotics, today. There were a few other humans and a lot of bees. The plant geeks were loading up on fruit and nut trees. The bees were loading up on nectar. There were so many bees on the ornamental apricot tree that Brandy and I could not only see and hear them, we could feel their vibration.

This. Is. Good.

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The first jonquils are blooming! And Stokes Aster!

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And Gaillardia!

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And Diascia!

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The tasting table is full of fruit varieties I have never heard of. But they are all delicious. They taste of spring and health. A tour of the orchard and greenhouses has us sharing recipes and ideas for preserving…

Tasting Table

Even in Florida, it’s a joy to see blossoms and buds in the middle of winter and to inhale the heady, delicate fragrance of spring. And to see new growth.

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It’s always a pleasure to talk plants with a passionate expert. How about this new type of fig? How about this heirloom variety of pear? Look at this ingenious grafting of pineapple guava! Taste this floral citrus–yes, it would make a great cocktail! Smell this mint! Take home this old passalong plant!

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If your ground isn’t frozen, now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. My car is full of things to plant this weekend–chestnuts and kiwis and Rangpur lime and pineapple guava (new grafted varieties!) and more!

Thank you to my friend, Brandy, at Just Fruits and Exotics for her hospitality today and for sharing her incredible plant wisdom. <3

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