I haven't spent very much time out in the garden recently. Far too busy with festivities and it shows! Still, I'm not too busy to notice little things going on with my plants.
The calamondin is starting to bloom again. I have to say that this is the easiest of the citrus to grow. My lemons produce heavily but their leaves frequently look out of sorts. The calamondin just stays as green and fruitful year-round sending out sprays of fragrant blooms several times. So pretty to have in the house in the winter.
Not that I don't appreciate every one of those 100+ Meyer lemons from this year's crop.
I have made up several batches of lemon curd. Great on bread, ice cream or in cakes. I used to watch my grandma make this, in her huge brass pan, on her Aga stove. It was the slow heat and constant stirring that thickened the lemon juice, egg, sugar, butter mixture. I use the same recipe.
rind and juice of 2 lemons.
I use a double boiler, but for years I just used a bowl over hot water and constant stirring.
I managed to ID this plant which had seeded itself in a pot in a friend's garden. A beautiful light airy plant with pretty white daisies similar to blackfoot daisy. I didn't find it in my wildflower book but when I went to the Wildflower Center resource page and scrolled through the Aster family there I found it. Bidens alba. I was extremely grateful that it showed up in the Bs!
Yes, it is native and sometimes called Common beggar ticks. If you look at the seeds(of course I collected some) you can see why. I had trouble removing them from the tissue I used to save them.
I will be trying them out in the native landscape next year.
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