Make your own marmalade?
Aug 5, 2019
The term “orangery” was originally used to describe a room or dedicated building on the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to 19th centuries where orange and other fruit trees were protected during the winter.
Nowadays an orangery is an extension to your home which has brickwork pillars to retain the windows (as opposed to a conservatory which at a glance is mainly glass). The joy of an orangery (or a conservatory) is that it gives you so much more living space, but there’s nothing to say you couldn’t still plant an orange tree in it – and make your own marmalade!
Here is some information from the Royal Horticultural Society’s website about an orange-type fruit tree called citrus microcarpa, or the calamondin. “It produces large numbers of small, 3cm (1.2in) orange fruits whose skin is sweet but whose fruit is rather tart. Excellent as marmalade.” And if that doesn’t tickle your taste buds the RHS give other recommendations for conservatory shrubs and climbers from their RHS Award of Garden Merit.
If you’re enduring the occasional summer storm there is nothing to stop you enjoying your own bit of nature indoors if you plant some specialist plants in your orangery or conservatory. Not only do they look great and add some interest to your interior, potentially they taste great too. And if you’d like some inspiration for orangery styles that would look great on your home take a look at our website.