New Farm Park, Brisbane

Monday, June 8, 2009

"Lemon Tree ,Very Ugly and the lemon flower is sweet........"

I had a "Lemon Tree, Very Pretty" as the song says. However after a few years of bearing lots of pretty flowers and lovely fruit, it got an awful disease. I think it was wasp gaul. Nothing can rid the plant of this gross disease except cutting it off. Well, the whole tree was covered in the forever creeping gaul, so I had the whole tree cut down except for a little stump. As it was cut below the graft, I was told that if it regrew it would grow as a bush lemon tree, the host for the graft. It wasn't long before it started shooting prolifically and the long gangly branches had huge spikes like on a bush lemon tree. Many,many flowers blossomed but it was far from a pretty lemon tree as the branches were drooping and the tree was a weird shape.

However as the fruit appeared I was suprised to see that they weren't crinkly, thick skinned, bush lemons but the lovely smooth, thin skinned lemons like before. The tree was laden with hundreds of lemons and the branches couldn't cope with the weight and the fruit was touching the ground so BB propped up the branches with stakes.



This made the tree look even more ugly, but the fruit is big and juicy.




The tree squashed the Tarragon and the......




.....chilli that grow around it.



Now the fruit is ripening and it is fun harvesting them.




This is the fourth load. We have given some to neighbours and friends and we have hunted the recipe books for ideas with lemons. I have ice block trays full of frozen juice. I just wish our vegie patch would do so well as our ugly, mutant lemon tree.



LEMON TREE

by Peter, Paul and Mary


When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me,
"Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree."
"Don't put your faith in love, my boy", my father said to me,
"I fear you'll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree."

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

One day beneath the lemon tree, my love and I did lie
A girl so sweet that when she smiled the stars rose in the sky.
We passed that summer lost in love beneath the lemon tree
The music of her laughter hid my father's words from me:

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

One day she left without a word. She took away the sun.
And in the dark she left behind, I knew what she had done.
She'd left me for another, it's a common tale but true.
A sadder man but wiser now I sing these words to you:

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

15 comments:

  1. that is one fabulous lemon tree and a great story. i've always wanted a lemon tree but so little room, not to mention lack of sun. i love some lemon on fish but never have one on hand when i have fish. i've bought the lemon juice but that goes to waste too. i recently bought some lime juice. even better than the lemon. your chillies are pretty spesh too. my chilli bush is quite good but looks sad compared to yours. well done. :)

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  2. Oh Diane, I have the most incredible dessert made with lemons from my grandmother. I will find it and post tonight if I can. Watch for it. It is a frozen dessert, and so refreshing in hot weather too.

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  3. Hello Diane,
    So do you know the name of the lemon tree?
    Amazing how many lemons, it's a problem what to do with them all as you have found out.
    It is true that if any plant is grafted, and it's cut right through well below the graft then the 'root stock' will probably grow.

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  4. I miss the trees in my last house. Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit. I think I miss the lemon tree the most. They are so pretty with all those yellow 'things' hanging onto the tree.

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  5. Those lemons are amazing Diane. Loved learning about its history. Another great post :)

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  6. Oh how lovely! I don't mind if you send me some by the way...

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  7. Oh my goodness! Those ae BIG lemons - just goes to show,some of the prettiest fruit can come from a not-so-good-looking-tree :-)

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  8. My parents had a lemon tree and for some reason the lemons where a mixture of smooth skin and crinkly skin not sure why that was as we always thought you had one or the other on the tree.

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  9. I posted that great dessert with lemons just for you.

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  10. My mouth shrinks, when I think of eating lemons lol ! I have seen lemon trees in Italy too and now in Morocco but more Orange trees.
    The people in South Morocco are not very friendly I would never spend holidays there ! What a difference to the always smiling Egyptians !

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  11. Hi Diane! Lovely post; amazing to read that song again...

    Thanks for your comment at Blogtrotter, which is profiting from the holidays in Lisbon this week and has a tour of Lake Galve, one of the beautiful lakes near Trakai, to show you! Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

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  12. Whiteangel: I think the tree was a Meyer lemon tree, but now it is half a bush lemon tree and half a meyer lemon. The fruit as you can see are not bush lemons but the branches with big thorns are.
    Kathleen: Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it when the weather is a bit warmer.

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  13. Ah! Wonderful lemons, lemon pie, lemonade, lemon cookies,& lemon frosting.

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  14. Look at you in your jumpers in the sunshine! Amazing how many lemons one scruffy little tree will produce!

    I'm going to look up the Peter Paul and Mary song next.
    Love
    Carol

    PS: how about:
    Lemon Sorbet
    Lemonade
    Lemon butter
    Lemon tart

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  15. wow lemons from where i live are really expensive.


    love,
    nobe

    www.deariago.com
    www.iamnobe.wordpress.com

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