|Collete the finger lime|
As well as her fashionable status, I kind of like the idea that I am growing a tiny little bit of bush tucker...
Here are my citrus.
Here is 'Collette' - I am enjoying her new growth which is a lovely dark red. She has tiny leaves and monstrous spikes and lives in a pot. She's only little.
|Lemon tree, very pretty|
This is my lemon, planted in this spot as one of my first gardening acts when we moved here in 2005. I am ashamed to say that I don't know if it is a Lisbon, or Meyer or anything else. It's one of those things I need to pay attention to - varieties. It doesn't have spikes, if anyone knows what it is I'd be grateful.
It has a bit of a bad case of citrus leaf miner but its doing fine and I can put up with curly leaves. I have a glue trap hanging up inside the tree in case you were wondering if I grew square lemons! I have had a few of my fruit stung with fruit fly this year but most of the fruit is completely usable so again it's of little concern and better than spraying. My basil stash is growing beneath it and it (the lemon that is) gets a regular mulch of grass clippings.
I sometimes make this lamb meatball on skewers that uses lemon leaves as the main seasoning, it is just fantastic, you can't imagine how much the citrus flavour goes thru the meat. I'll put it up here when I next make it.
Here is one of my espaliered Tahitian limes - this is the older one. It is currently fruiting quite well despite a stink bug attack earlier this season. I have fruit about to ripen and some babies on the way and flowers just starting out so I should have a couple of crops to come if I can keep the stink bugs away.
|Nearly ready to pick|
The leaves are looking like they need a bit of a feed. It has been such a wet summer I guess they could all do with some iron.
What does everyone else do when their citrus leaves look a little anemic like these ones here?
If I had more space I'd definitely grow a really tart mandarin, and a ruby grapefruit... one day.
|Lemon, lime and mint cordial|
I have to thank 500m2 and Suburban Tomato for their cordial suggestions for dealing with my lemon glut. I made about 1 litre of cordial using Suburban Tomato's recipe for Lemon and mint cordial, I added a few limes to it as I had some shop bought limes in the fruit basket that needed using up seeing as I will soon have my own crop, otherwise I used the recipe. I love it - much better than Bickford's! I thought it looked nice in front of my citrus coloured glass that is a feature of our back veranda.
Yesterday's lemon tart and the cordial have reduced my lemon glut to manageable levels now, but more ripen every day.