Citrus trees are a normal part of the landscape here in South Florida, where mango season is still in bloom. Our property is home to a massive mango tree, which produces the most delicious fruit I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, this is also how I discovered my “mango mouth” allergy, making it the forbidden summertime treat that I simply cannot resist. Our neighbors generously help themselves to our bountiful tree, that has become a popular pitstop for snacking on the block. The trees are biennial bearing, meaning that the amount of mango production alternates each year. This season hasn’t been quite as fruitful as the last, but hopefully that means the future will be abundant (and protected by the fence we plan to build around it). The humid climate can be pretty brutal during the summertime, which is when I seek out shady scenes for lifestyle photoshoots – just don’t forget to bring bug spray.
Johnny Mangos is a nearby garden center, landscaping company and tropical gift destination. Basically in our backyard, this jungle spot happens to be one of my favorite places in town. The first time I ever came to Delray to meet the in-laws, my boyfriend (now almost hubby) took me to Johnny Mangos to pick out an orchid for his mom. It was such a sweet gesture, but I appreciated it so much more after walking through the rows of lush greenery and colorful pottery. Now that we have a house of our own, we stop by Johnny Mangos on a regular basis to fill our space with plants (that I’m constantly killing and replacing). These customary visits have continued to inspire me, where I recently brought both of my style bloggers, Emily and Hannah for some photo taking. I shot with them on two separate occasions in different areas at opposite times of the day. The images are all so full of light and deep in nature that I wanted to share the individual sessions as collection.
After all, it takes two to mango.