These days I do have an orange tree in my yard, but it hasn't produced any fruit yet. I have a lemon tree as well in a planter pot out back. I don't know if the orange tree will ever fruit. It never has in 9 years. I don't think it's ever blossomed either; a key factor in getting fruit really. But the lemon tree, remember last year's lemon curd topped cheesecakes at Christmas time? Oooooo, yummmm just looking at that.
This year I didn't baby the lemon tree in Spring. We had a cold, rainy spring and it put on lots of blossoms, but I couldn't keep up with the wind and rain that knocked a lot of the blossoms off the tree. In July we had two maturing lemons and then the tree put on more blossoms, which surprised the heck out of me. I didn't know they did that. Then, more wind/rain and oh well, one more lemon growing. I was thinking okay, three lemons this year. But, hold the wagon Betsy in the last week we have a plethora of flower clusters being manned by a squadron of bees and it looks like we'll outdo last years' harvest by more than twice as much.
The bees are funny to watch. They're so busy. They were rather annoyed with my picture taking, but they never threaten us in any way. They're rather slow fliers and if they get kind of close you can just swat them away. The blossoms smell so sweet; really lovely. If you look closely in the photos you can just see all the little green swellings at the base of the flowers that the bees have worked open.
Will try to keep you up on how they progress as we go along. I did a bit of research yesterday and it seems smaller citrus fruits like lemons, and limes can bloom up to four times a year if it seems like there will be time for the fruit to make before hard frost. This planter with the lemon tree in it is out by the big pond in back and when DH backwashes the pond he feeds the fish effluence into the planter. The lemons really prospered doing that last year. I feed that to my basil as well.
On a knitting note. I have knitted another watch cap, since the last post about Ms. M's hat and mittens, for DH in a superwash tweed that I have had in my stash for years. We both liked it so much, and I have so much of it, I decided to make a more fitted version of Ms. M's Tea Party Top swimsuit smock that I knitted earlier this summer. She will be able to wear it over a regular top and leggings once cold weather returns. I've only just started it, but it's knitting up nicely so far.