Friday, November 18, 2005

I'm Mad and I Eat Meyer Lemons

Weekend dog & herb blogging, all wrapped up in one tidy post.
Well, I think I can stretch it by calling a lemon an herb: We use them for flavor, right?
But I'm mad at my lemon treelet. Those two lemons on it are from last year. They're a whole year old, and that's weird. They've never become ripe enough to fall off by themselves, and I'm going to just pick them anyway.
I heard that picking lemons promotes new fruit growth, and boy do I need some of that. Every little new lemonette that shows up eventually turns yellow and commits infantisuicide. I had a promising-looking bud this month that just bit the dust yesterday. Darn.
I've repotted the tree into a larger container, so we'll see.
Bean Sprout sees nothing undignified at all about sitting in a lemon tree pot.

14 comments:

Sam said...

is this week of the '-ette' or what?
I was on the phone to my mother just now trying to persuade her to visit your blogette.

Only time will tell how much power I have in the art of persuasion.

I am sorry but your dog is just too cute.

cookiecrumb said...

He's cute-ette!
Yoo-hoo, Sam's mum! Let me know if you drop in.
(Jen Maiser's mom visits, BTW.)

Monkey Gland said...

Samette and Crumbette...

...are going to beat me up if I call them that ever again!

Jamie said...

Let me know what you figure out. I have just gifted my friends Julie and Fritz with a Meyer lemon tree, and we're considering getting one for our place, too. I want success! :-)

cookiecrumb said...

Jamie: Well, you have a green thumb, don't you? But I'd be afraid of the frost. Citrus is scared of frost. (Oh, I just googled. If you keep it in a pot, it can be a houseplant in winter. I also learned I may have been overwatering it.)

rae said...

okay, those weird miniature embalmed fruits on your tree is a little freaky. given that they've been "hanging around" for so long, well, maybe a lot freaky.

and i have to tell you that your dawg is really too cute. which i'm sure both of you are well aware of.

cookiecrumb said...

Rae: They ain't miniature. The doggie is. He's so small -- if he was a normal-sized dog, yes, he'd be optically dwarfing those weird lemons. But they're full size. (Is this making sense? Must go sleep.)
Thanks for the compliment. Cutie -- and he has no idea he's so cute -- is going to be 2 years old in a week.

cookiecrumb said...

No, that didn't make sense at all.
Zzzzz.

ilva said...

If you wait too long before picking lemons off the tree they are disgusting, dry and boring inside! This year my lemon tree has produced 1 lemon and 25 something else, small bitter oranges is the closest description. I hope it will come back to its senses soon...

Jamie said...

Your dog *is* the cutest dog of all time. It's true.

We are hoping to keep dwarf citrus trees in our nearly-finished greenhouse. As far as I understand it, the plan is to rig up some kind of small heater for the really harsh nights (of which we have a few every year) and the rest of the time let the greenhouse do its thing. I have high hopes!

cookiecrumb said...

Yeah, Ilva, they're probably going to be all splintery inside, though they do still feel heavy.
Jamie: Greenhouse! I didn't even think of that. How nice.

Paz said...

Bean Sprout looks dignified and adorable in the shot. Good luck with your lemon tree!

Paz

rae said...

i hope you're planning something special and fleshy for his lil' b-day! my cat got some lamb chops for his double digit festivities...

Randi said...

id kill for a meyer lemon tree.