Several of the key lime seeds are turning out to be polyembryonic! That means that for each set of (fraternal) twins one is a clone of the parent plant, and the other should be a unique, sexually produced individual. Now I have to try and grow these limes to bearing age so I can figure out which is the clone - although I vaguely remember someone, maybe biodiverseed, posting about how polyembryonic seedlings will show differences in growth and vigour. I can’t find anything in the archives though so I could be making it all up.
I finally found a tangelo that was full of seeds, so I planted them today. As I was peeling the outer shells off the seeds I noticed that they appeared bumpy, like there were several sets of dormant cotyledons - I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn out to be polyembryonic as well, with at least 3 embryos per seed.
So far the lemons seem to be regular, single embryo seeds. I haven’t seen any growth yet from the meyer lemon seeds, but it took almost 3 weeks for my first batch of citrus seeds to emerge.
I’m absolutely rubbish at growing citrus. My meyer lemon barely made it this year and I only got 2 fruits that refused to turn yellow. I plucked them green anyway and they were surprisingly juicy and amazing in flavor.
Don’t know how much longer my current tree will survive, so I saved the seeds and started life anew.
Adding another citrus to my collection. If you’ve never had kumquats before, just pop the whole thing in your mouth. Don’t peel it; the rind is the sweet part and the center is where is gets tart. Also, heads up, if you eat too many at one sitting you may get kumquat mouth. There’s something in the oils that can create a Szechuan peppercorn like numbing sensation on your tongue and lips.
I gathered seeds from store bought fruit and it’s taken me a good 4 months to get these little seeds to start leafing. One odd thing I noticed when germinating is that the seeds ooze this gelatinous gooey coating. Anyone know what that goo is?
Q: I was wondering if you have any ideas for cute or different clues I could use for big sis reveal. I want to give interesting facts, but not give myself away to easily. Thanks, your blog is really helpful.
A: Writing clues beyond “hometown” and “hair color” is challenging. And I am not a fan of giving only false clues. Totally lying is easy, but not very clever. It’s more fun to be sneaky and channel your inner Sherlock. These are some ideas to launch your big/little clue brainstorming…
💕 25 Tips for Creating Big/Little Clues: 💕
Nickname clue. Write a clue/share a picture of a crown if your nickname is princess, or a cookie if your nickname is sugar.
Family you’re in. Write a clue/share a picture of a cowgirl if you’re in the bandana family.
Food from your nationality. Give a pizza if you’re Italian, sushi if you’re Japanese, a croissant if you’re French, etc.
Write a movie clue. Site a movie where the lead actress has the same name that you do.
Leave a nature clue. Hint about about your hometown or region. For example, a cactus from your desert city, orange from a citrus growing area, or sand from a beach town.
Share the “meaning” of your name. Google the meaning of your name, which could be graceful lilly or short nose, and use it as a clue.
Describe your first or last name. For example if your first name is Alice a clue could be “through the looking glass.” If your last name is Irish a clue could be “lucky charms, magically delicious.”
Describe or give symbols of what you love. Write clues, share photos, or give small gifts of your favorite things. If you love flowers = floral perfume. If you ride horses = horseshoe. If you love to bake = cupcake.
Things your little would never guess. Your shoe size, ring size, father’s occupation, favorite color, favorite food, number of pets you have at home, boyfriend’s name, etc. Personal facts that are true, but generic at the same time.
Favorite song trivia. Work a line from your favorite song into a clue. Or the name of your fave band.
Multiple choice clue. Give your little 3-5 personal facts and tell her only one of them is true.
Use clues that are true for many sisters. If lots of sisters have blonde hair, it makes a great clue. But if you’re the only blonde in the chapter, don’t use it. If many girls are from the same state, or play the same sport, those are good clues.
Use a decoy. Pick another sister who you have things in common with and use her as a “substitute” in your mind when creating clues. By describing things that apply to both of you, it keeps the clues mysterious for your little. For example, you’re both tall and you both grew up on a farm.
Fake out your little. Leave a false clue that points towards another sister. For example “accidentally” use a notepaper with another sister’s monogram on it. Pretend to have a minor slip-up and your little may think she’s discovered a juicy mistake.
Sorority clues are cute. Relate your clues to your sorority. For example, “I wear a XYZ blue coat,”“I prefer pearls,” or “I have three red dresses.” Most of the sisters in your chapter probably have the same sorority specific things.
Give clues in pieces. Each day give one letter, a word, or puzzle piece that at the end of the week will spell out a word or saying. Magnetic words/letters are ideal for spelling out a quote or single word clue. Scrabble squares are also fun for this idea.
Do the opposite of what your style is. If you are artistic, leave boring, plain clues. If you are crafting challenged, have someone else create a design masterpiece for you. Don’t let your presentation give you away. Fake your little out with “how” you give your clues and gifts.
Use an assistant. To keep your new little guessing, arrange to meet her for dinner or drinks while another sister (GBig) decorates her room and leaves some misleading clues. When she returns to her room, she will know she was with you at the time, combined with the clues that seem to point to someone else. Hopefully this throws her off track.
Rhyming is right. Get your creative writing juices flowing with the use of big/little rhymes. Once you start, it’s hard to stop. For example, “Welcome to XYZ big/little week/ I wish I could kiss you on the cheek / We’re going to have so much fun/ I already love you a ton!"
"If I was in…” clues. Use your favorite movies or TV shows to create fun clues. For example, “If I was in Harry Potter, I would be a Gryffindor.” or “If I was in Friends, I would be Rachel."
Get weird. Share the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten, the weirdest place you’ve ever been, the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen, the weirdest date you’ve ever been on, the weirdest thing you’ve ever worn.
Your most embarrassing moment clue. It’s very unlikely that your most embarrassing moment will be known by your future little, so using it as a clue is both funny and creative.
Animals traits make good clues. Write a clue/share a photo that matches your personality ~ proud like a lion, clever as a fox, wise as an owl, busy as a bee, cool as a cat, fast as a horse, cuddly as a koala, quiet as a mouse, gracious as a swan, etc…
Fun "hates.” Big/little clues should be mostly positive, but a few “I hate ___” are another way to give hints about your identity. For example, “I hate broccoli.” or “I hate cats.”
Stone decided to join the Farmhouse bandwagon with this new Saison, available Spring through Summer. Some additional ingredients were added to the brew, including lemon peel, lemon thyme, and lavender grown at Stone Gardens. Aromas carry that distinct floral nature of Belgian yeast, then push even further into herbal notes provided by the lemon thyme and lavender. Malts smell freshly ground with a bready character. Hops bring a pronounced impact from the lemon peel, held above grassy undertones. Further interest comes in a hint of mango, ginger, and black pepper.
The palate starts out with a quick honey sweetness, then grows sour as bright citrus highlights give an impression of orange oil and lemon verbena. Further fruitiness tastes like apple and white grape. As hops begin to fill the middle register, herbal elements emerge as sage, thyme, and grass. Bitterness steps on the back, releasing some IPA qualities in the form of rosemary, pine needles, and grapefruit peel. A sharp bite of black pepper marks the climax, then bready malts finally say goodbye. The mouthfeel is lively with effervescent carbonation, reaching a crisp peak that leaves dry. A decent amount of residual hop oils are left clinging.
Their approach is undeniably West Coast, but there are at least some connections to the source. This is just a little too hoppy for a Saison, so it comes across more like a spiced-up Belgian IPA. In terms of flavor, malts provide consistent support until the end. I appreciate how the sweetness is proportionate to bitterness, then sourness outshines all the rest. It’s a fusion with some interesting novelty. I might try it once again, because it does taste pretty good, but I’m not impressed.
This is my favorite of all the Lush bath bombs. It is a beautiful product, limited to Christmas time only this special little gift is something for anyone and everyone looking for a good bath time experience. Shaped like a present and shimmering gold this surely is a once a year treat. Once in the bath the smell of citrus grows stronger but in a non overpowering way, you are then about to experience a colourful show before you as green, blue, pink and yellow all appear in swirls and they then all come together to form such a lovely turquoise colour (slightly greener i might add). What is then even more special is the way the shimmering gold glitter floats around in the bath and how there are little confetti stars there to sparkle up your bath time treat.
The citrus smell stays pleasantly on your body for a good amount of time and your skin will feel silky smooth for the whole night, everyone will certainly be jealous.
our chinotto is ripening nicely. we have many exciting plans for these lovely orange orbs (hands rubbing).
the pesky rats are our biggest concern. we can’t apply my deadly kashmiri chili concoction as the rains are finally here, so are crossing our fingers that the city rodents are staying put while the rains come down.