Trees that Decorate Themselves

In Florida, we don't get snow or those other elements that let you know it's Christmas time, but we do have trees that hang their own ornaments:

Orange trees--edible ornaments!





Ilex holly--don't the berries look like little tomatoes?


I don't know what this one is called, but I made a psychedic version of it, too!


15 comments:

Virginia Lee said...

Wonderful photos, Danette. The colors are amazing! And now? I am totally craving fresh-picked oranges and tomatoes! (Yes, I know they weren't tomatoes but I'm very suggestible when it comes to a good tomato. :P )

plaidearthworm said...

So beautiful! And perfect, too. These are the best oranges to get in your stocking on Christmas morning. I always crave tomatoes, I think it's a Southern thing, programmed deep into our DNA.

Arachne Jericho said...

Nice pictures! The colors are alive and lovely.

A Christmas in Florida is a whole 'nother country!

Ello said...

Those are just lovely pictures! And I'm jealous cause I'd rather be warm during Christmas anyway. Boo cold, boo snow!

Have a very Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

courtney said...

LOVE these photos. They are like little pieces of lovely weather in my web browser.
And LOVE the psychedelic photo!!!

Danette Haworth said...

Virginia and plaidearthworm,
Thanks on the photos!

Danette Haworth said...

AJ,
Thank you for your compliments. Having lived up north most of my life, I agree--Christmas in Florida is a whole 'nother country!

Thank you, Ello! Merry Christmas to you, too!

"Little pieces of weather." I like that, Courtney!

Charles Gramlich said...

I think the berries at the bottom are a type called "Beauty Berries." They're gorgeous and we have them in droves here in south Louisiana.

Danette Haworth said...

"Beauty berries"--I like that. Their color is so rich; it's unbelievable sometimes what you can find in nature.

WordWrangler said...

My aunt lives in Florida. It's nice to see pics from there. Have a great Christmas!

hugs,
Donna

Mary Witzl said...

Lovely photographs, and here's to trees that decorate themselves! I feel a touch of Bah, humbug this year; even decorating the tree struck me as being a bit of a chore.

I used to live in Florida, and I remember those orange and lemon trees. Different, somehow, from the ones we had in California. Oranges rank high on my list; I'd rather have a good bunch of them for Christmas than a box of chocolates or a mess of bath salts.

Merry Christmas, Danette!

Danette Haworth said...

Donna,
It's always good to have an aunt in Florida! I need one of mine to move to Vermont so I could ski, I mean visit.

Danette Haworth said...

I think you're right, Mary. I've heard that the California oranges are bigger, and the Florida oranges are juicier.

Stephen Parrish said...

Your holidays are clearly more colorful (and edible) than mine; I wouldn't know how to get through them without a snow shovel in hand. Merry Christmas, Danette!

Catherine J Gardner / Phoenix Rendell said...

Your post has reminded me how much I want a digital camera... Lovely pictures, Danette.