Fragrant Quote for December 9th, 2011 from The American Italy By John Wesley Hanson

Is there any more beautiful object in nature than an orange tree? Its dark, glossy green foliage, its snow-white blossoms, each constructed on a plan of ideal simplicity, and grouped with its neighbors in graceful harmony, and all breathing the most intoxicating aroma; the globes of gold that shine in charming contrast to, and yet perfect harmony with the dark green leaves; the symmetry of the whole perfect combination of color and perfume, each a bouquet of beauty, a vase of perfume and a cornucopia of plenty, and then the abundance typified by the boughs that hang full and bent toward earth with their precious and luscious freight—they are fitting emblems of beauty and bounty.
The American Italy
By John Wesley Hanson