In the tropical, keep ’em winterized indoors department, I got a new grapefruit sapling, and three baby fig “trees” that are less than sapling in size. I live in Zone 5b, so these definitely need at the very least, a greenhouse for winter.
So, my citrus tree list is:
- Australian Finger Lime: Nothing seems to be fruiting on this one. Last year it had many flowers, this year not so many. I really want to eat more of this lovely fruit! There are some new branches but things are happening slowly here.
- Blood Orange: Not much happening here. Not much happened last year, either. It’s green. That’s good…
- Grapefruit: It came with a grapefruit trying to develop, but that dropped off. On the positive side, it has LOADS of flowers! The season is not too late (especially since these plants come indoors around mid-late October) for fruit to develop.
- Thai / Kefir Lime: Lots of flowers and lots of incipient fruit. Never mind that it is the leaves that are the attraction, if this thing delivers on limes, I will find some use for them, bitter as they may be!
- Bearss Lime: This is your general supermarket lime. I have many flowers, and one developing fruit that is getting to a good size. Limes will eventually go to yellow if allowed to ripen that far, so I think I’ll wait to judge it’s ripeness by seeing even just a tinge of yellow. And, maybe some of the other flowers will develop fruits, too.
As far as the figs go, my Chicago Hardy fig went dormant and dropped all its leaves last winter. It’s a thing, I discovered, in researching this plant. This spring it sent out two branches and put three leaves apiece on those branches… it looks gawky. It told me that if I took a photo, it would disown me. And like there will be a few more years before I can even anticipate fruit. I will transplant it into a bigger pot come late autumn, when the leaves will drop again anyway. PS, his name is Figgy Stardust (I am not in the habit of naming my plants, but in this case, I just couldn’t resist…)
The two new figs are:
- Celeste Fig: Still small.
- Texas Everbearing Fig: Also still small.
There was a third one, but it rapidly decided to move to the fig heaven in the sky. They were part of a special deal. The two survivors will get transplanted again this autumn, too.
Oh, that olive tree? Didn’t make it through winter, even indoors. May try one again in a few years.
At any rate, come the Zombie Apocalypse, I’m nowhere near ready to depend on my citrus crop for any necessary Vitamin C in my diet.
Final note for today:
My Weber grill is now set up. And I made a way to deal with the charcoal chimney on the wooden deck. It’s almost too pretty to use!
I’d been wondering how to handle my new grill on a brand new deck. At my old home, the grill had been on the porch, and I set the charcoal chimney off the patio, on a flat 15″ x 15″ stone. This wasn’t going to work here, as there’s a drop off. (Lighter fluid instead? P – U! I don’t need to smell that stuff.)
So, anyhow, a random find at Ocean State Job Lot (gotta love that store!) is a mat for under your charcoal grill to catch — ashes. So they don’t turn your deck dingy. This is fire-retardant but NOT fire proof, btw!!! It was long enough for me to come up with a plan.
I hit Home Depot and collected some bricks and arranged them for cooking. I didn’t want any of the 35 pound or heavier things, for ergonomic reasons – I can lift that, but I don’t want to have to do it as dead weight from floor level more than I need to. So, I got the little bricks and topped that with a 17 pound pathway “stone”.
By the way, every home should have at least one fire extinguisher. Right now I have two, one in the kitchen and one in the basement. I will be picking up a third for the garage. Learn how to use them (there are videos) before you need to use them. (AND learn how to cut your losses and run if you have to.)
And, another citrus photo…
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Your citrus grove is on its way! I have a regular lime tree and Meyer lemon tree in half wine barrels on my deck but after 5 years I think the lemon tree would be happier in the ground. I have kefir lime envy, I haven’t found one in California because of fear of pests. Your new deck is lovely.
I’m sure mine would all be happier in the ground, but not come October or so… The half wine barrels sound good, I’ll consider for when these get a bit larger and I do get a greenhouse put together. Thanks re the deck, I’m in the process of staining it, but we are doing way too much rain to get further on that!
I envy you the rain, we could use some unseasonable rain here in California.
I hope you folks in California get some needed rain soon!!! If I could, I’d send you some of ours!
We could sure use it!
I love bee pictures and you photographed two of them! A friend gave me a fig plant once and it didn’t do so well – too much shade…
That bee pic was the driving force behind deciding to make this post!
Wish I could grow citrus. They all croaked on me. I suspect from scale infestation. My current fig (#4), though, manages to stay alive and has given me 3 ripe figs so far, 1 last year and 2 this summer! Remember you’ll be cohosting this weekend with Jhuls.