what she means:
I'm so glad that our lemon tree finally grew and sprouted fruitful lemony lemons. I mean, imagine, we can make lemonade, key lemon pie, lemon merengue pie. I think it's the most valuable of property that we have. I think we should go to the bank and get a loan, actually I think we should just get lemon tree insurance and then get a loan and use the lemon tree as collateral because it is now insured. I truly do love our lemon tree. Just imagine a life full of lemon trees, and all our beautiful lemons, endless possibilities. They're so beautiful, I wish I was a lemon. You wish you were a lemon? If you were a lemon I would put you on my shelf and cherish you like I cherish all our lemons. That's so beautiful, like I only hope that the whores aren't stealing our lemons you know those naughty whores always steal lemons and we do have a couple lemon whores in this community, those damn lemon-stealing whores I hate them because no one will take our prized lemons from us. Hey, has it been about 10 seconds since we looked at our lemon tree? It has been about 10 seconds till we looked at our lemon tree. Hey what the fuck
The lemon trees are approaching their 5th birthdays! (WOW!) To celebrate, I decided to undertake a project that was much overdue: Haircuts.
Okay, leafcuts. Pruning. Whatever you want to call it, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my lemon trees have never enjoyed the luxury of diligent landscaping. Part of this stems (pun mostly intended) from my own quasi-scientific curiosity in watching them grow. I wanted to see how tall they would get unimpeded. Impressively, they got so tall that it was no longer reasonable to keep them indoors. This was a problem, because outdoor growing isn’t an all-year option in this part of the world. In addition to preventing the trees from getting too large, I wanted to cut them vertically to encourage branching at the lower levels. Also, they were just looking kind of scrubby and I wanted to fix that.
The relaxing “lemon tree spa day” started at my parents’ house. My parents have been kind enough to lemon-sit the trees during my recent move. The trees recently endured a windstorm and tipped over, so they were completely askew in their pots.
The above picture shows the upper spire of the tallest plant. It was well over 6 feet tall prior to being cut.
I’ll admit I don’t know a ton about cutting trees and shrubs, so I combined 3 indispensable-but-definitely-not-equal things to inform my pruning:
My dad’s expert advice
The internet’s dubious advice
My own questionable common sense
I cut all parts of the tree on which I did not want to encourage further growth, pruning right up to forks in the branches when possible. I chopped the entire growing top of both lemon trees, which was a tad scary.
Above you can see the material taken from both trees. The largest tree still had a string tied around it from my efforts to straighten it out last summer.
When the haircuts were done, my mom (the esteemed @tango-mango) and I scrubbed every leaf of both trees with a gentle soap/water solution using a toothbrush. This is a recommended treatment for the pest called “scale”, which has perpetually plagued my poor lemons. Once that rather nasty endeavor was complete, we rinsed the leaves with water from a spray bottle and wiped away the remaining bugs. I imagine I’ll have to do a follow up treatment later, but we really gave them what for!
The spa treatment capped off with some straightening and pot maintenance. I have to say, the results of this entire endeavor are stunning. It turns out there were two beautiful, dainty trees hiding under all those bulky branches!
The lemon trees are now ready to move back to the apartment for the summer looking their absolute best. Mission success!
Finally posting a photo 😂 This was my first time actually having tempeh. I’ve always been a bit sceptical about it but it turned out really good 🔥 I left it in a marinade for 10 minutes in peanut sauce, soy sauce and maple syrup and then cooked it until crispy and brown in a non-stick pan and served with tabouleh, corn, avocado, salad, kumara, beans and almonds and a sad little lemon half from my lemon tree 😂 hey it looks cool? Uni break starts today and I couldn’t be more excited for the break, Happy Easter everyone 🐰 xx Zoe
Illustration I made for the Plants Are Friends art book, featuring one of my dear friends and her beautiful front porch. She has so many house plants (a lemon tree even!) and the care that she gives them every day is admirable. I wish I had as much of a green thumb, but I’ve only got 3 plants and they’re well..*surviving*. I try.
Kenshi Yonezu released his first book, Monster Encyclopedia, on December 10th, 2016. It’s a collection and expansion of a monthly series he did for the magazine ROCKIN'ON JAPAN, where he drew monsters and gave a short description of their ecology. Here are translations of all the descriptions from the book.