Therapy for a cranky day

Yesterday I had a cranky day. You know, the kind of day where every little things just rubs you wrong way and you spend a lot of time muttering to yourself. I tried knitting to make things better but I couldn't get into it. So I spent time with my plants instead and it seems to have done the trick because today everything feels right in my world again.

My amaryllises don't require much tending but they are fun to watch. These aren't great shots but you can see that they are coming along. Flowers soon! 

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I love to grow citrus -- something about the contrariness of growing lemons and limes on my windowsills in Maine just tickles me. I have had some problems with scale on them and I have to keep a close eye lest they get ahead of me. This time it was the Ponderosa lemon which got my attention. It is an odd plant. I have had it for about 6 years and it isn't very big but it produces at least 2 HUGE lemons every year and one was ready to be picked today.

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And here you can see the one I picked next to a regular supermarket lemon for comparison.

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And as they get older and the plant gets bigger, the fruits can be as large as a grapefruit -- this one comes close!


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