Welcome to the lemon grove

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fireplace33 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,489
Welcome to the lemon grove

A Travel report from Italy,…

We were lucky enough to spend a week in a small family run “Agriturismo” hotel in the middle of a beautiful lemon grove.

Anyone that walks through is immediately struck by the intense perfume of the blossom. It’s quite similar to Jasmine.

Here’s some interesting facts about lemons,…
They have up to three harvests a year; at the same time you can see blossom and fully ripe lemons on the same branch.

All these organic lemon trees started out as bitter orange trees with strong and robust root systems. The lemons are grafted on top a few years later. Some trees even had lemons and oranges on the same tree.

Lemons are fussy;  they don’t like cold winters, so the Amalfi coast here, near Sorento in southern Italy is ideal, but they also don’t like too much sun, nor hungry birds or hailstones so all the groves are covered with nets, or mats woven from reeds. To support those nets there’s a construction made traditionally from long straight wooden tree trunks grown specially in local Chestnut forests .
When you walk through under the nets between the trees there’s a certain very pleasant and quiet micro-climate in the grove. So if life gives you lemons, you can count yourself lucky!

It's a lot of work to take care of them but something very special.

The family hotel had lots of lemon related products like a fantastic Limoncello and lemon marmalade and served meals or starters like lemon risotto or Mozzarella grilled between lemon leaves ,.... 😊

Here’s some shots from the lemon grove:

Waking up to a misty view of Mount Vesuvius from the balcony

Below us, the covered breakfast area,  with part of the lemon grove; covered in nets over to the right:

A large tiled painting of the house on the wall with Vesuvius in the background

Here’s the covering of the lemon grove viewed from outside, with the wooden construction and some piles of the reed mats, and the more modern green nets to block some of the sun. All the trees are underneath, inside.

Under that cover it’s much darker, and the perfume from the blossom hits you immediately

It was harvest time

A nice corner to relax in the evening after hiking all day

And everyday a sunset 😊

Oh , one more thing, in the evening the fireflies came alive in the meadow below.
This shot (handheld, resting up against a tree)  is a 4 second exposure, so they’re blinking almost exactly once a second

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