Searching for sweetness and light
After a warm wet night, I tiptoe through our waking garden while it’s still damp with dew, peeking here and poking there, looking for raiders of the lost dark - slugs and snails still slow and grsasshoppers just waking fromtheir winter slumber and still easily caught.
After my dawn raid, there’s brekky, still in the PJs and rubber thongs in the garden. The tree grape happily gives up handfuls of black pearly mouthfuls.
The King shahtoot White mulberries, no bigger than my little finger don’t make it inside, nor do the panama berries. There’s nothing better than standing under the tree gorging on the first meal of the day, juice flowing along the chin and dripping onto toes. I see the lizard is just waking up too. We have one left from a family of four. The kookaburras moved in last year and ate all but one. This one is my little helper. He or she sits and looks expectantly at me waiting for a feed too.
I'm happily enjoying the spectacle of a healthy citrus tree too. PLanning or the preserved lemons and the lemon cheesecake in a few months.
The world loves citrus. Citrus are the worlds most traded fruits with global production almost 100million tonnes annually. In our gardens, citrus can flourish or founder. On radio garden shows, citrus feature as perennial problems for the erstwhile grower. Proper feeding, trimming and protection are essential.
I was given a heritage mandarin tree, one of the offspring from the fuirst to arrive in Sydney 2 centuries ago. It arrived in the new colony of NSW. I’ll keep a close eye on it this summer, treating it to seaweed, manures and oil sprays.
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