Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Better Be Good!

This past January, I did a post on a Meyer Lemon tree that I had potted and brought inside for the winter.  It was blossoming in January.  If you want to see the post, you can click here.


Anyway, this is how the lemon tree looked in January.




Well, we had three lemons that developed from the blossoms.  One fell off.  Then in July, when the lemons should have been ripe but were still green, we picked one thinking that it might be a lime instead of a lemon.  We cut it open...and nope - not a lime, definitely a lemon, and not ripe yet.

This is the one remaining lemon today.  Almost 10 months after the first blossom...


It has finally turned yellow....


We are going to pick it in the next day or two. 

After nurturing, watering, carrying it in and out and watering some more....THIS HAD BETTER BE ONE MIGHTY FINE LEMON...

Does anyone have a fantastic lemon recipe that only calls for one lemon?
Welcome Home,
Penny

38 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

Hahaha! Oh my gosh, it takes that long to ripen!? It's a fine looking lemon Penny. Lets see, how about a very special glass of lemonade?

Kelly said...

Too funny! No, but I could suggest that you cut it up and use it in your ice water or tea. That's what I do. That must've been fun watching to see when your tree would bear the first fruit. I've never owned a garden of any kind, but would like to one day. You know I think lemons grow best in tropical climates. Maybe that's the problem. My grandparents used to live in FL (south FL) and their lemons would be get the size of oranges and their oranges were the size of grapefruit! Really something!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Well, if nothing else, the blooms were pretty. I'd use it as garnish for a cocktail. Maybe a vodka and tonic.

Mary said...

I'm not going to say it...............oh darn, I will anyway. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade (even if it's one glass in this case!!!).

It's so pretty Penny, I know you will hate to cut it up. I think you should grill two nice pieces of salmon, serve on a bed of wild rice, maybe haricots verts on the side, a little tartare sauce (I always add a smidgen of aoli mayo to mine), and quarter that special lemon - a quarter each laying quietly on the side of each plate awaiting a gentle squeeze, the other two each in a glass of sparkling water - to sip between the good Chardonnay!!!

Whatever, enjoy, and remember you grew it yourself!!!!!

I'm having lunch with Jeanne tomorrow as she's in Raleigh - then we'll quickly zip over to SuzAnna's before she heads to Florida. Wish you were here too.

Hugs -Mary

Cozy Little House said...

Well, it sure is one pretty lemon!
Brenda

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Penny! I just found your blog! I love it! I have always wanted to grow a lemon tree on the patio; but, I don't think this Texas heat would be too kind. I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Many blessings to you!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It does seem like some trees grown so slow. I can't wait to find out how good it is. Hugs, Marty

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Too funny Penny! Who knows maybe next year you'll have two! Martina

Vee said...

Hahahaha...what a cute baby lemon! You are very good parents down there. Hope that you find something to use it on and that it is wonderful. Next year's harvest should be even better.

Blondie's Journal said...

That is the most perfect lemon I have ever seen! I would be thrilled. The blooms are pretty, too. I love Mary's suggestion to have a nice fish dinner with it and for your drinks. Tell us if you can taste the difference in your own freshly picked or the grocers.

XO,
Jane

Rhondi said...

Hi Peny
I am impressed that you were able to grow a lemon, even if you only got one.It makes me want to try growing a lemon tree!
Hugs, Rhondi

Scribbler said...

Vodka, soda and 1/2 a lemon. Great cocktail.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

LOVE That pot and what a cutie pie of a lemon!
I am guessing the blossoms smelled amazing?
(I know the orange ones do... not sure about lemon blossoms though!?)

Hope it is really yummy.
:)

Pondside said...

What a great story, Penny. I'll bet you'll enjoy that lemon more than any one you've ever had.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

We hope it's good too! It sure looks pretty against my favorite blue!

Sherri said...

Penny, you are lucky you have one ready now, I have 4 and they are only just turning slightly yellow now. I hope it is a good one when you finally do get to eat it! Mine a huge!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is so funny. Maybe one glass of lemonade! Do you have the code for numbering comments by any chance?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Penny -- I LOVE this post! Years ago when we lived in CA, we had a Meyer lemon in our yard -- those were the BEST lemons!! Now that I live in Nebraska, I've always thought of potting one to live in the house for the winter. I am going to have to do that yet -- even if I only get 1 lemon a year, it would be worth it. Enjoy that yellow gold :)

Blessings!
Gail

Shelia said...

LOL! I know exactly how you feel! We have a lemon tree and the little fruits stayed green so long, I just knew it was a lime tree. Now my lemons are ripe in December - nice little Christmas present! :) Cute pot too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lorrie said...

So funny! That's one treasure of a lemon.

Eileen said...

LOL - I hope it is indeed a mighty fine lemon. My boyfriend's mom has a fabulous old lemon tree in her back yard that produces the best lemons I have ever tasted by the basketful. So, you never know, in a few years, you could have more lemons than you know what to do with. :)

bj said...

hahhhaaaa...love that lone, little "take forever to ripen" lemon. I would love to have a lemon tree but needs much more tropical weather than we have out here in dry, West Texas.
xoxo bj

Beverly said...

Well, that sweet lemon is a beauty. Before you use it, you definitely need to stage a photo shoot. You need to hang a photo of that special lemon in your home.

see you there! said...

However you use it you are in for a treat. We have a Meyer lemon tree that produces much of the year but is actually loaded with lemons in the fall/winter months. They do take a bit of time to mature.

Darla

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

A real live lemon tree. I love it, and so pretty even with One gorgeous lemon!:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A glass of iced tea should be about right! I bet it tastes wonderful! I love fresh lemons...so much better! Enjoy your day! ♥

debi said...

I would be just enough for several bloddy Mary's :-)


Hugs!

Carey said...

Very cool Penny! Ive never seen a lemon tree blossom before. Id go with the lemonade as well.

Bonnie said...

Penny, Don't the blossoms smell divine? My meyer blooms in the spring, but lemons are not ready until December. I love making lemon bread and adding a lemon as a gift. This year I had to repot and it hasn't done as wel as in years past. If the meyer is soft it is ready...they are delicious!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

LOL! But you have to admit it is a very pretty lemon, Penny! The blossoms were so pretty. Perhaps next season it will produce more --don't give up hope!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Penny, So funny! Next year it will probably be loaded with lemons. My three strawberry plants only produced one berry and a squirrel ate it! Thank for joining the Open House party.
Hugs,
Sherry

KarenHarveyCox said...

Penny,

I hope that lemon is good after all that loving care. Happy weekend.
Karen

Donna said...

Ha! How funny. I sure hope you enjoy that one lemon, Penny!

Hugs,
Donna

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Oh this was a funny post to read...the ultimate lemon!!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They do take a while to ripen dont' they. But so much fun having your very own home grown lemons.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Naturegirl said...

My friend in Florida has a Meyer lemon tree that grows in her lani..and reaches the ceiling..when I visited in early Spring the blossoms are out and what a sweet scent they give off!"Lemon tree oh so pretty"...humming

Bonnie said...

So funny. This reminds me of a Charlie Brown tree. I have to give you kudos. I tried growing a lemon tree in a pot and I got exactly "0" lemons. You are a much better aroborist than I am.

ButterYum said...

10 months? That's a long time! I have a recipe for your one lowly lemon :)

http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-make-candied-lemon-slices.html

Have a great week,
ButterYum