Lemon culling...

16 June, 2014

The lemon tree has been trying to attack me. And succeeding.

The path from the backyard to front yard bypasses said lemon tree.

Now I'm not usually one to complain about a tree laden with fruit.

It's just that said fruit is all rather inconveniently at head height.

They are hard as rocks, although more pleasingly scented.

More than once I have been almost knocked out by insufficient ducking technique. So I have resolved to remove the necessity for me to creep warily around the lemons.


Look, no more lemon bombs to get me.

Now I just need to think of something to do with all the lemons. I think even with curd, and tart, and lemon cordial there will be lots of lemons to give away.

Make love, not war, lemon tree.


  1. i can just imagine the bonk-bonk-curse as you walk beneath and get hit every time :-)
    what beautiful lemons though. what variety are they, bek?
    preserved lemons? candied lemon slices? lemon marmalade? gin and tonic and lemon? :-)

    1. Cheers, these are Eureka lemons. They are the only lemon variety I've grown, so I don't know how they compare to other types, but I highly recommend them.
      I love your suggestions! I already have a jar of preserved lemons maturing, but lemon marmalade sounds fab. Sadly I am not a G&T lover. Lemon juice in a margarita, now that's another story...

  2. Good work, lemon tree. (I'm also very impressed by that banana leaf I see in the corner of your bottom photo. Doesn't look like it's suffering from Winter at all.

    I second the preserved lemons suggestion. Lemons, salt, water (or lemon juice) + time = serious deliciousness.

    1. You must have x-ray vision. Yes, that is a banana (a supposedly cool climate lady finger type, which seems to be living up to expectations), but that said we haven't really had much of a winter so far. It is in a sheltered bit which houses my mango, avocado, banana and soon to be added lychee.
      I fully support the preserved lemon love. If I didn't just make a big jar some would definitely be headed that way.

  3. I'd juice it and can it (or freeze it). Or I'd be drinking lemonade every day. I often dream of lemons, but of course they won't grow here.

    1. Hmmm, canning you say. I would never have thought to try that. Love it. Cheers.
      I do like that we can grow sub-tropical (and given the right microclimate, some tropical) fruit here. However I do occasionally long to be able to grow cool climate apples and pears that need lots of winter chill, which we never quite get enough of. The grass is always greener.