It’s that time

almond blossom

It’s officially spring in the Algarve: the almond trees burst into bloom last weekend. And I do mean burst. This paragraph from the romantic myth of the Algarve almond trees actually rings true now:

The sultan did as she suggested, planting almond trees not only in his valley, but throughout the entire Al-Gharb. Months went by, but as the trees strengthened and grew, Gilda worsened. And then, one early spring morning, the sultan looked out his window and gasped in surprise.

My experience is slightly less romantic, as our windows do not look onto almond orchards. However, last weekend my wife and I were carrying our recyclables out to the collection site (which sits just across the street from our apartment buildings and right on the edge of an orchard), and we really did gasp in surprise. Two days before, that orchard had been bare. Then it rained. And literally overnight, the almond trees blossomed.

I love this time of year. Almond blossoms and fresh, sweet oranges all at the same time — it’s paradise.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to It’s that time

  1. JR says:

    This is going to sound stupid, but my first thought was, “Wow, do those ever look like apple blossoms (but not so much like pear or cherry blossoms).” Now I want to know how they smell.

    • oregon expat says:

      They do look like apple blossoms! Alas, there’s not much scent. For that, the orange blossoms are the reigning champions. Also, in another month we’ll have jasmine blooming in people’s yards, and that is a scent to die for.

  2. Hick Crone says:

    Meanwhile, the entire Willamette Valley is under flood watch. In two days, I’ve poured out just under five inches of rain from my rain gauge. The worms are drowning…

  3. Lilaine says:

    Here, it’s full season for oranges(some varieties), lemons, clementines,
    and with the heavenly weather we’ve been having for several months, all mimosas have blossomed a tad early. It’s orange, yellow and yellow, plus green, of course, everywhere 🙂

  4. M. says:

    *looks around at snow* I am jealous. That’s all.

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