Well there’s this little miracle that happened with my lemon tree.
No I haven’t posted the wrong picture-it’s one that will set the scene of what this section of my garden looks like this morning, and pic 2 will explain.
When my husband and I bought this place 28 years ago, the garden didn’t exist. It was weeds posing as a massive lawn, an ancient dying plum tree, and a lemon tree with a falling down fence.
Three years ago on one of my most upsetting days in the garden, I had to cut down that lemon tree I had loved for so many years, and bought back from the brink of death twice.
I left a small piece of trunk as a little memorial marker.
In this last year (worst drought on record) I knew I had made the right decision for it. It was just a stump for two years.
Yesterday evening I was looking at something else nearby and noticed what you see in the pic below.
After two years as a stump it’s decided to rejoin the citrus party that is my backyard.
I couldn’t believe it at first. Then tears welled up.
I believe backyard Australian lemon trees weren’t grafted back then, so I’m hoping I’m looking at pure lemon tree.
I’m going to pour love on the tiny shoot this season, and see what happens.
At the worst (if it’s just root stock) I’ll graft another type of citrus onto it. The tree is too sentimental to say goodbye to, twice.
Today it will be 33C. I don’t think the lemon tree has chosen an easy upcoming season to rejoin me…. but I’m glad it has.
The lemon tree was one of the few things here before I arrived. Wouldn’t it be awesome if at least part of that wonderful tree, outlasts me…
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