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New Lemon and Lime

For the longest time my Darling Daughter has been asking me to plant a Lime tree. She uses limes in cooking, a lot. One of her specialities is Thai cooking. On a holiday to the Far East, she and her other half did a course in Thai cooking and on their return all sorts of previously not heard of ingredients found their way into my pantry and fridge as well as “limes” regularly making an appearance on shopping lists. She also says she finds lemons to be a little too “tart” in some dishes and prefers to use lime. Limes are not always readily available in the shops here. Woolworths stocks them but more often than not, just when we need them, they are out of stock.

So I bought a lime tree and for balance, a lemon. I bought them from a fabulous tree nursery here in Cape Town, the same nursery I bought the Pittosporums from. Quality, prices and service from Indulini are excellent, I’d recommend them to anyone in Cape Town and surrounds looking for good sized trees for their gardens.

So without any further long stories, I’ll let the photographs do the talking … (you can click to enlarge)

[one_half]The trees arrive …The trees arrive ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Complete with fruit …Complete with fruit ...[/one_half_last]

[one_third]The pots arrive …Complete with fruit ...[/one_third]

[one_third]Trees placed and ready …Pots placed and ready ...[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Pretty pots, right?Pretty pots, or no?[/one_third_last]

[one_half]The planted Lemon TreeThe planted Lemon Tree[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The planted Lime TreeThe planted Lime Tree[/one_half_last]

The final look … the back patio with Lemon on the left and the Lime on the right …

The final look

I hope you approve?

Happy Gardening!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

29 replies on “New Lemon and Lime”

Hey Christine

Your trees look great!

We’ve got a relatively young lime tree (planted 3 years back) and this year it has produced a whopper of a crop. So far we have made salted limes and lime cordial – check out my boyfriend’s blog for a how to … and



The trees look great, I hope you have lots of fruit! We have a lime tree too, it is old and we get lots of limes, but we mostly use them in gin and tonics :). Maybe I have to take a course in Thai cooking too…

They look lovely in their matching pots, and with that sun they will be bearing fruit in no time at all. I also love the taste of limes, but my lime tree was home to so many caterpillars that I forgot the reason I had it in the first place. Now that the butterflies have gone their merry way we are beginning to get blossoms, hopefully soon we will get some fruit.

Hi Gillian – Thanks for the visit! I’m hoping that by keeping these trees separate (i.e. in pots and not planted in the garden) will make controlling the bad pests easier. Caterpillars … well I don’t mind them so much because without them we don’t have butterflies.

Love the pots & the trees! I hope they bear lots of fruit for you. Please post photos when they have new flowers and fruit.

The trees are looking good and healthy and with those pretty pots and your beautiful backporch, they should be happy basking in the sun and hope will give you and your daughter plenty of limes and lemons!

We recently bought a Meyer lemon that looks too much like a lime to us. Your lime is exactly what is hanging off our supposed Meyer Lemon. Does your lime have fragrant lavender flowers? We’ve gotten our fair share of mislabled plants. I’m wondering if I should be harvesting this green fruit or waiting for it to ripen!

Hi Cathy – yes, the flowers have a lavender-like fragrance to them. Why don’t you pick one of the fruits and try it? Don’t be too sad if it is a lime … they are fabulous!

Oh wow wow! They look spectacular!! The pots are perfect and the placing is sunny and you can easily get to them, when the Thai chef is in! 🙂 So fabulous! You will love having the limes & lemons in your back garden! My tree is looking gorgeous – bursting with lemons!

lucky girl! I’ve always wanted a lemon tree, it’s just to cold in my region 🙁 love the pot you put it in and the placement on the the patio is great!! Sounds like you will have some yummy exotic meals coming your way!

nice trees christine…oh, i love the swing too! i also got a small kaffir lime in my garden. your daughter must be really happy. enjoy the day 🙂

Thanks Angel – the swing is a wonderful place to sit and read and enjoy the garden. We love it. Does your lime give you lots of fruit?

It looks like the perfect spot for your citrus trees – they should do well. Now – about the limes – how can I get pips from you… LOL

Hi Dani – No problem! I’ll start collecting for you and when I have, I’ll send you a mail and drop them off for you somewhere. (If I’d known I would’ve saved for you already. Lets hope it starts producing again soon 🙂

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