Finally, the first flowers of my peach tree opened today. Shooting sharp photos of them was a little bit of a challenge. We have some pretty strong wind guest, which bring warmer temperatures into North Texas. I had to put my shutter speed and ISO higher, and lower the aperture to get decent images. After this weekend, the whole tree will be in bloom. Hmmm! By July we might have a tree full of ripe peaches. 🍑🌸
A week before Valentine’s Day, Kevin (my husband) asked me what I would like as a present for this special day. Since I’m low maintenance, he always likes to ask me first, before he goes to a store and buys something ‘silly’. I said, I’d love to get a plant from him. A lavender, a rosemary, or anything what comes to his mind, when he visits a garden nursery. Valentine’s Day had approached, and Kevin walked with a Meyers Lemon Tree through the front door. It had lots of blossoms, and a lemon to show. And the fragrance was amazing.
Almost four weeks later, I seriously had to think about re-potting my new tree. It’s Spring and the right time to look for a new pot. I went to our local nursery, found the perfect pot, got some citrus-tree fertilizer; bought a couple of smaller pots to re-pot my lavender. And of course I had to get a Texas Bluebonnet. I couldn’t resist it. Back at home I filled the pot 1/4 with potting soil, pulled the lemon tree out of its old plastic pot to transfer it, and filled the rest of the new pot with soil. Now, the lemon tree roots are watered, fertilized, and have more room to stretch and grow. The bees have already discovered the tree and are very busy pollinating it. Hopefully we have more lemons, soon.
Originally posted on my old blog “A Garden Full of Memories” on March 11, 2015.
Unfortunately the first Meyer Lemon tree made it only through two seasons, before it died due to a hard freeze. Not even the greenhouse could protect it. We pruned it, and it didn’t really come back for a third season. This made me really sad.
Kevin and I were debating long and hard to get another Meyer Lemon tree. Because I really love the fragrance of its flowers. And when I squeeze some drops of the lemons in my water, it is very refreshing and not as harsh on my tummy as the juice of a regular lemon. We still were going back and forth with a new tree last year.
This February, Kevin asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day. I replied: “Do you remember, when you got me that Meyer Lemon tree on Valentine’s Day three years ago?” “Yep, I remember it! I guess, it is time for a new tree”, he answered. Today, we went to the nursery and picked up a new Meyer Lemon tree. And this tree definitely won’t be in the greenhouse in Winter. It will have a cozy place inside our house until the weather is suitable enough to roll the tree outside, while it will get pollinated by bees and enjoys the warmth of the sun and the rain drops of Spring and Summer.
Here are some more photos of the first Meyer Lemon tree. For photos of the new tree the temperatures are cool and the lighting is not good enough, today. But I will post photos throughout the warmer seasons.
This morning was cool enough to get some work done at the Community Garden. My bed desperately needed some clean up. The squash bugs got to my zucchini plant, and some of the flowers were just wilted from the heat of Summer. One of my sunflowers was ready to get harvested. And I needed to make some room for more Autumn/Winter vegetables.
After the clean-up and watering, Christi and Wally harvested quite a bit of okra for the food bank. I can see a delicious gumbo in the future. 😉 Meanwhile, I walked around and captured photos of both gardens. When it gets a little bit cooler here in North Texas, we all will be much busier building more raised beds, cleaning out the older raised beds and get the garden ready for the Autumn/Winter season. Here you can see what’s growing in the gardens right now:
At this time of the year, it is so important to eat our fruits and vegetables to boost our immune system for Winter. Living in a suburb of two big Texan cities and getting in contact with lots people on a daily basis, our body gets challenged even more.
It is Autumn. Apples, grapes and pumpkins are in season, right now. Hmmm, I can also see apple cakes with caramel and pumpkin-cheesecakes in the near future. And not to forget the sweet smell of pumpkin spice will be in the air. Yummy!
Calamondin is a hybrid (citrofortunella) between a mandarin orange and a kumquat. Calamondin oranges are edible, but the tree is rather used as an ornamental.
Two years ago, Kevin got me a Meyer lemon tree for Valentine’s Day. Last Spring, I added another small Calamondin orange tree to my citrus tree collection. It had some fruit hanging from its tree, when I purchased it. When they were ripe, we used them to flavor our ice water.
Since my little tree sat there and looked a little bit intimidated by the bigger cousin, the Meyer lemon tree, I decided to transfer it into a bigger pot and fertilized it. It started to bloom again. And the fragrance of those blossoms are so mesmerizing. It smells so good, so does its fruit.
In January 2016, I’ve picked up a peach tree from the nursery. I grew up with fruit trees in my grandparents’ yard. And I wanted a fruit tree in my yard. It was a decision between apple and peach. But since apple trees, need a buddy for cross pollination, I need to wait until my Bradford Pear trees are done for it. But this might take another five to ten years. In the meantime, I can grow some peaches.
When I came home with the tree. Kevin helped me digging a hole for the roots, before I sat the tree on its permanent spot. The first year we had five peaches growing. Mr. Squirrel seemed to like peaches as well. He shared with us. But it wasn’t really in proportion as we hoped for. He got four peaches. We got one peach, which we had to split in four. 😀
So, this year we were smarter. Once we caught Mr. Squirrel picking a peach, we went out there and took five of the seven peaches. We left him one more peach. In the house, I sat the peaches on the counter to let them finish ripen. And today, I finally cut the peaches open. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I enjoyed them as they were desserts. There is nothing better, than fresh grown fruit out of the own garden.
After the rain yesterday, the Sun feels so good at this morning. I let the cats outside, while I looked at the plants in my garden. Finley was busy drinking water from the rain barrel, while Chewbacca was chasing a Cabbage White butterfly around the yard. “Good boy! I don’t want it near my cabbages!” I praised Chewbacca.
I noticed some cherry tomatoes, blooming snow peas, and peaches. The green onions will bloom soon, too. In a few days, I can harvest more mustard greens and romaine lettuce. ❤