I took photos of the yard yesterday and then I came in and compared them to the photos I took last January. Wow. What a big difference.
The things that I learn from comparing the garden year to year:
- Stuff grows–It’s especially cool to see a plant in a one gallon pot one year and a full grown plant the next! (Thank you, artemesia!)
- Weather makes a difference (we had very low temps last year–lots of plant death)
- You need more plants than you think you do.
- Plant trees. (That’s not true for everyone but there seems to be a shortage of landscape trees where I live.)
You never know what will grow in the garden. Sometimes, you *think* you know and then you realize that you don’t know.
Take my dwarf lime tree, for example. it was a four-inch pot when I got it–now it’s a four foot tree. It set fruit for the first time this year and I was pretty excited because my friend’s dwarf lime tree also se fruit and it was delicious.
In early December, the fruit looked a little discolored. We had seriously wacky weather in December and I was chalking it up to that (not really having much first hand knowledge of citrus growing).
Well, the fruit turned yellowish and then well, orange. And then I had to face the fact that I do not have a dwarf lime tree after all.
So the burning question–what is it?? It’s probably a calamondin orange–you can read more about this variety here: Pretty sure we have a calamondin orange tree: www.guide-to-houseplants.com/calamondin.html.
We cut one open yesterday. I would describe it as a cross between a lemon and a kumquat–or an orange flavored lemon. It was great sliced up in a glass of water. I think it will be great for cooking, too.
Now I am off in search of that elusive lime tree…