2014-11-12 127“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

–Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist and Author of On the Origin of Species and The Voyage of the Beagle

Photos by Dawn Marie Carlson, Meyer Lemon in full and fragrant bloom, before and after, the resulting fruit.

This dwarf tree is growing in a wine barrel where this year, it flourished with the correct organic citrus soil and organic fertilizer. I learned more about citrus care at a gardening class at Armstrong Garden Center in Novato in the spring and now, I am picking the result of this knowledgeable care. In the beginning of the growth cycle, there were multiple fruit (bundles of six!) on each branch and the tree naturally selected the ones to keep as I did not prune nor remove any of them leaving a healthier tree. The lemons are larger, juicier and sweeter!

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