"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Who'd A Thunk


Citrus is ready to be plucked from my trees at the farm.  Small crop this year resulting from a deep freeze in the greenhouse last winter when the propane ran out.  I feared all my plants had died, but they survived though the crop output was affected.

Maldon Sea Salt from across the ocean and citrus rind from a greenhouse in Oklahoma combined to make a condiment for...  I rarely cook anymore.  May have to give this to my daughter, the cook.  I am amazed at global commerce in this day and age.  Wonder if they will be eating Solyent Green in fifty years?

It will be sunny and 60 degrees today.  I'll be all smiles.  

20 comments:

  1. How fun that you grew the citrus:) Your daughter will love it;) A blog just posted she went to an antique fair and thought of you..have you read Hooked On Houses?

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  2. No, can't remember that blog. I have been pricing stuff for the booth today though. Much of it I can't believe I bought it. I am going to have to be vigilant to not buy anything as I saw much at the mall I liked. One piece was an old metal umbrella/coat stand with birds on it. It would go in my entryway, but I made myself pass it by. My booth is smaller than I wish so I'll have to price it all low so I can keep it moving along. Want to get rid of so much. Yes, I love all my citrus and will have to start fertilizing it soon. There is no place for it at the city house, so this spring I plan on taking cuttings and starting them all in smaller pots. I made the mistake of putting the in huge pots and they became huge plants. Live and learn.

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    1. I wish my things would have been in bigger pots..have you heard of Monty's Joy Juice? Not sure if it still exists but it was the best fertilizer I ever used;)

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  3. Not at all sure what citrus is Donna. Please enlighten me.

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    1. Pat, I grow Meyer lemons, ruby red grapefruit, blood oranges, limes (3 different types), etrog lemons, Ponderosa lemons, tangerines, naval oranges and Buddha's Hand citron, all in my greenhouse and outdoors in summer. I also grow avocados and pomegranate. My cup runneth over with juice.

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  4. You have very green fingers Donna ...... it is a lovely feeling when you plant something and it bears fruit, isn't it ?
    By the way, I was commenting over at Pamela's { House of Edward } and noticed your comment about the Ralph Fiennes/Juliette Binoche ' Wuthering Heights ....... we watched it this weekend !!! It was done really well wasn't it ? XXXX

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    1. Yes, too beautiful. Stands the hair on ends. Just a perfect version, though there was a version I haven't seen with Tom Hardy. I like him very much. Yes, it is wonderful to grow things. Makes life worthwhile.

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  5. Citrus has such a fresh smell doesn't it?
    Fresh, invigorating and inviting.

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    1. PS: I am too fast for myself. Good luck with your sale. I hope you are very, very successful.

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    2. Thank you Child. It smells wonderful. I am growing an Australian Finger Lime tree, but it has yet to produce for me. :(

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    3. PS - if that booth doesn't kill me first, I hope I make money too. I am being ruthless and pricing all I can. Just hope the regrets are few.

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  6. Citrus salt--yum. You have quite an array of citrus in your inventory. I mentioned my granddaughter had a new jazz band song for her repertoire. What is that, she asked, so I defined it as inventory. She was so tickled she found at least ten conversations to slip her new word into.

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    1. That is so sweet. Little nothings that mean so much. I have become a citrus addict, but as mentioned above, there is no room at the new house for them. :(

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  7. It was below freezing today in NYC, so seeing your use of your citrus harvest was a treat! Continued best wishes to you on success at the antiques market. Do exercise resistance to buying temptation...unless something truly remarkable comes into view. You will know it when you see it. xo

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    1. I like your style of shopping. Resist temptation except for the truly remarkable. Means a lot today as I fill another container of stuff. Stone fruit. What was I thinking? All kinds of little antique birds, turkeys and chicken shelf-sitters. I have even been pricing old baskets and tribal masks, things I didn't plan to sell, but am now going to. The citrus salt is baked in a slow oven and put in a salt cellar.

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  8. Citrus in January, and you don't even live in Florida, I am baffled. We're looking at temps in the 50's next week , dang, I am ready for that, it will feel like a heat wave.

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    1. Two days in the sixties here and it feels wonderful. Yes, should have picked it in December, but didn't have time.

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  9. I am still harvesting my citrus from the trees.
    All my citrus trees were hit hard a few years ago. Several didn't make it and some are just limping along.
    I cut several back to stumps and several have sent out new growth and produced quite a bit of fruit.
    Have you tried to cut back the root ball and the trim them back ? I should look that up to see if it will help my potted Meyers Lemon tree.
    I start feeding my very old trees in February.
    Good luck with the booth.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Thank you Parsnip. I don't know about the root ball, but I severely pruned the trees to get them into the greenhouse last fall. I let them grow huge and that is why I'll be taking cuttings to start smaller plants. If they have to go in a greenhouse, keep them small. I wish I'd have known. Plus they have thorns about two inches long.

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    2. I know the thorns are something.

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