Not long ago, I wrote about the lemon tree I gave to my mother-in-law. In the ensuing years, the tree has reliably produced at least one lemon in each growing cycle. The cycle is nearly a year long, with honey-scented blossoms appearing in January and ripened fruit in November. Only a few blooms were present in all past years for each cycle. However, 2021 proved to be a banner year for flowers and fruit.
By the end of February 2021, I had counted 36 blossoms—an unheard-of number. As might be expected, many of those produced no fruit. But for the first time ever, four baby lemons appeared. Unfortunately, despite the pampering I gave it, one of them dropped off after only a few weeks. Even so, I am happy to report we are having the best, most wonderfully, lemony December ever! Already, we have used two fist-sized fruits, and a third, pictured above and still green, hangs there awaiting its turn. I’m thinking this performance deserves a slightly bigger pot!