- Posted by pete
- On September 12, 2015
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- lisbon lemon
Our youngish Lisbon lemon tree is starting to really crank out the lemons. It has lovely tangy ripe fruit that hang onto the tree until we need them, but simultaneously it has small fruit still green as well as flower buds as well. Its a lemon factory that’s geared to one objective: to crank out lemons.
Now in its 3rd year in the garden, we bought it as a healthy looking potted lemon from Perrys Fruit and Nut. Not cheap at $65 (3 years ago) but like all Perry’s plants – great value coupled with solid advice – our garden is full of their plants. The Lisbon has no spikes either which makes for worry-free close contact when weeding or retrieving a dropped lemon.
The lemon loves the chook’s nesting box hay but the chooks do to. They make a bee-line for the lemon when allowed out – scratching around to find yummy worms and other delicious critters under the mulch. The only annoying thing is I have to go back and re-place the mulch afterwards.
The chooks also shelter under the lemon from the annoyed magpies who swoop the chooks every chance – jealous of their leisurely, over-fed lifestyle I suspect. I’m sure its annoying for native birds to see the chooks carelessly loitering around, but getting the best food, a comfortable nest etc while the magpies toil endlessly looking for a meal and nest precariously in trees.. It this the price of freedom ?
I intended limiting the lemon tree as with all the trees on the western fence to just over a metre wide – that’s so I can walk comfortably down the adjacent pathway, but in a crafty tactic, the lemon keeps popping out fruit on over -hanging limbs in a self-defensive effort, deliberately playing on my conscious about wasting fruit if I pruned those branches off. I can see it coming to a head one day – in the meantime I can always walk around the other way…
Despite all this, the lemon tree continues to quietly grind out the fruit. Nice work Lemon!