Until we rented Villa Caterina in October 2010,
I'd never even thought about having a mandarin tree in the garden.
However, there was one in the garden of Il Cenito
(Villa Caterina stands in the grounds) &
Caterina had told us we could pick fruit from it
as we wished. So whenever I went to hang
out the washing, I'd pick a couple of mandarins for
the fruit bowl.
|Mandy, our mandarin tree (yes, our trees have names)|
Once Caterina realised this she promptly sent her gardener round
to pick all of the fruit from the tree - lesson learned: never
believe anything a southern Italian tells you, they
rarely mean it.
Il Sogno already had a peach tree, a couple of nectarines
& a persimmon, but no mandarin, so the purchase
of Mandy in 2011 was made with considerable excitement.
She's only about a metre tall but this year's
fruit are looking good.
And today, a couple were ready for picking....
so we did.