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Oh gosh, I’m so sorry everyone – I totally blew off Friday’s Ask the Experts Panel. I got too busy with work. So now the plan is to hold on to everyone’s answers until this coming Friday.

I’m in catch-up mode at the house, so other than watering, there’s not a lot going on with the houseplants with two notable exceptions. The first is the basil babies:

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Growing like crazy. Believe it or not, I thinned out about half of them roughly three weeks ago. There is something so special about having fresh herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill. They’ve been making lots of meals much better.

The other exception, the Lemon tree:

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No matter how busy I am, I have been checking on these flower buds everyday. I’m pretty sure I’ll smell when they open but I still walk over and check again and again.

I cannot wait until someone develops the technology to share scents online – I’ll totally sign up my Lemon tree to be a volunteer.

Noteworthy in the casa this week:

The Hippeastrum that didn’t tumble over and break looks absolutely stunning – every day it gets prettier than the day before:

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Swoon! Those flowers make me smile! Thanks again, Bill Fox, you’re the best!

In other news, I said I would explain the calamity the befell the lemon tree and caused this mess:

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I may have exaggerated a bit…or a lot…it wasn’t really a major calamity, the tree just got thirsty and dropped her petals.

Well, dropped most of them. There is some sticky goo involved with citrus blossoms, so lots of the petals didn’t fall on their own, like these that needed help to the floor:

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Ew. Sticky!

But not much of a calamity. I felt too guilty to make up a story. The petals would’ve fallen off eventually anyway, so it’s not like I was going to avoid a mess. Plants are not tidy creatures. Still, I was sad to see the flowers go, I missed their scent immediately.

The tree itself recovered just fine, and it’s covered with teeny lemons where those flowers used to be. Here’s what she looks like now:

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And some of the baby lemons:

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I counted 59 of them. Obviously, not all of those are going to grow to full size. Especially not if I keep letting the tree get thirsty! I’d be thrilled with three or four of them.

When I got into the thick of cleaning up after the lemon tree in the foyer, I realized I had to do something with the tomato plant while I was at it.

The silly plant isn’t supposed to be growing as fast as he is. He was supposed to chillin’, taking a winter holiday. Instead, he’s reaching for the ceiling.

He needed to be staked, and he needed more soil.

Buuuuut, I didn’t really want to repot him. So I improvised – I stuck his little pot onto a bigger pot of soil, like this:

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The hope is that the plant’s roots will grow through the holes on the bottom of the small pot (if the roots haven’t wrapped themselves into a ball yet) into the soil below, doubling the amount of soil they can access. (The rocks are there to stabilize the cage, which is top heavy and too big for the house, but it’s all I had handy.)

The plant will go outside in just a few months, so he doesn’t have to put up with the crazy growing conditions for long. He doesn’t seem to mind – he’s been flowering every day:

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And the biggest fruit is starting to turn red:

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At this rate, he’ll be ten feet tall by the time I get him outside! And what – up to the roof by August??? Crazy tomato plant!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a round of Garden NonBloggers’ Bloom Day, for all of you out there who want to share your flower photos but don’t have blogs of your own. If you would like to submit some pics, email them to me.

I hope to see you back here!

I would prefer to be greeted by flower buds on my Lime tree, Candy.

Because I find their scent intoxicating.

When I can’t have flowers, it’s nice to know I can have limes:

I counted 8 possible limes, these two are by far the biggest. Possible if I don’t under- or overwater her between now and maturity.

Damn. Now I want to run out and buy a Lemon tree, too. Ooh, and an Orange tree!

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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.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

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