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Here’s Candy the Lime tree, who sits in my foyer in front of a west-facing window:

Only one lime has made it through to fruition. But that’s one lime better than none.

Here’s Candy’s third cousin once removed, Larry, the Plum tree, who lives in the front yard:

Larry produced a bumper crop of plums this year. Almost all of them have been plucked from the tree and carted off to various family and friends. A few were left on the tree for the birds. But only a few – the plums are too delicious to share them all with the birds.

Candy and Larry live only a few feet apart from each other, but have never met. If they had, they’d realize they both have great senses of humor, they both like watching afternoon thunderstorms (although the danger of the storms is more real for Larry than Candy), they like the color purple best, and they both have a strange fascination with the skateboarders in the neighborhood. I’ve tried to encourage them to be penpals, but it won’t work – have you ever seen a plum tree’s handwriting? It’s chickenscratch, unreadable. Maybe they’ll skype one day…

Let’s see if I’ve sufficiently snapped out of my post-football funk enough to entertain you here today.

It’s a chilly winter day in Albuquerque, with another storm on the way. So you should be able to understand the joy I feel waking up to the scent of citrus blossoms.

Candy is a Meyer Lime Tree living in a container in my foyer. She currently has over 60 flower buds, in various degrees of growth (she has only 40 leaves total, with a handful of new ones emerging). Some are teeny tiny, others medium-sized and some are about to open fully. There are 6 flowers currently wide open and releasing their heavenly fragrance.

The buds have just a hint of purple on them, which seems to disappear when the flower opens.

I wish the Internet could transmit smells, but citrus blossoms are truly special. I wouldn’t hesitate to share the scent with you if the technology was there.

I’ve been looking for words to describe the scent, and have been asking others what they think. I’ve heard “wind,” “spring,” “the wind in spring” and “fiercely elegant.” All of which crack me up, but none of which is very helpful.

If you could come over and smell Candy’s flowers, you’d first be struck at the sweetness of the scent. It’s a very deeply sweet floral scent. I suppose it’s a little like Jasmine, but Jasmine has a hint of sour that lime blossoms do not. I’ve read that you should be able to detect a bit of the citrus flavor along with the sugary smell – if it’s an orange blossom, you should smell a hint of orange flavor. I don’t smell any lime in these flowers, although to be fair, I usually stand there gulping in the aroma again and again and I could easily miss some notes.

Perhaps you have better adjectives to describe their scent, or how lime blossoms may be different from the scent of orange blossoms. If you do, I’d love to hear them.

I’ll be back manana with an all new edition of The Plant Lady Chronicles. Hope to see you here.

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

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