Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Citrus


One of our favorite plants -- both outside in the summer and inside in the winter is the citrus -- the calamondin, the Meyer lemon, and the kumquat. They spend the summer outdoors and we are rewarded in winter with not only their fragrant scent when they bloom but also with fruit -- the small bitter calamondin oranges, the Meyer lemons and kumquats.

In the winter, they seem quite happy in the breakfast room. With the warm winter sun, they seem happy indoors.
The kumquat with it's fruits. The ripening fruit as well as some little green ones.

Our favorite way to use them is to slice them on salads. I've toyed with candying them but haven't done that -- as yet!
Whenever one looks out on a winter landscape, when you look past a citrus with ripening fruit, it makes those winter days seem less dreary and not quite so cold.

It's like bringing a bit of summer indoors!

It's Wednesday and time for Outdoor Wednesday (although my outdoors is really indoors!) -- please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what everyone else is doing outside this Wednesday!

22 comments:

Southerncook said...

Lovely post and I can't bring my Meyer Lemon tree indoors because it is so big and in a pot on my patio. We are having record cold this week so I hope it survives??? As well as my Mexican Tarragon and Laurel Bay. They have each gotten too big to bring in.

Carolyn

Keetha Broyles said...

What a cool idea! Almost makes me wish I didn't have such a BROWN thumb. Go figure - - - a LIFE SCIENCE teacher who kills plants.

Very sad face.

KarenB said...

Wow, your citrus is doing better in Kansas than mine is in Southern California! Nice job. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Thought I'd let you know that I'm originally from Shawnee. My parents live in Olathe. My MIL is from LaCygne. Small world, isn't it? Btw, I love all your silver!

Karen @ Elderberry Street

Jemm said...

Hi, Martha. You've been by my blog before. It's been awhile, but I remember you! I agree, it is fun to find fellow Kansan bloggers :)

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh, this is funny. I spent the afternoon fertilizing my citrus trees, which are mostly in huge terra cotta pots. Then I harvested kumquats, blood orange, Meyer lemons, navel oranges, valencias, and Bears' seedless limes. I ADORE THEM ALL.

I loved seeing them nestled inside your house. Victorians were famous for their indoor citrus trees.

Happy citrus,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

luna miranda said...

wonderful post! i never thought these citrus plants can survive indoors. love your photos!

Gena said...

Well at least you can have a "garden" when it's freezing out!!! Lovely!

Light and Voices said...

Lovely "inside" garden. What is nice about it is that you can move it outside later. Nice post.
Joyce M

Eden said...

Great shots. your plants are looking good indoor. My mouth waters looking at your salad:).It looks yummy..

Thanks for the visit

Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by! Oh my to have a lemon tree would be a bit of heaven:-) They don't grow too well in New England:-(

Chris said...

Thank you for your really interesting post. How lovely to have such plants indoors! Our snow is already melting where we live but the temp is due to drop again tonight. I agree this is a real winter! Stay warm :-)

Maggie B said...

I've always dreamed of having a lemon tree in my garden but sadly we don't have the high temps needed here in Normandy.
I like the look of that salad!
Maggie

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

How lovely, that you can bring them indoors... And they thrive!

Carrie said...

Love your salad-- the color is amazing.

SmilingSally said...

That little tree does a good job of making winter tolerable. Thanks for sharing. Happy OW.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

You are so blessed! Oh I so wish I had the windows and the space to bring in plants for the winter. Maybe someday...
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Regina said...

I can smell the citrus.
Wonderful post.

Cheers and regards.

xinex said...

I love calamondins. I have 3 of them planted in the yard. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they don't freeze, so far so good. Don't the blossoms just smell so good?...Christine

Stine in Ontario said...

Wonderful how you've brought the outdoors in! I'd love to grow a Meyer lemon tree/ Hmmm. You've got me thinking.

shopannies said...

love the idea my mother has brought the outside in for many years I wish I had the ability it seems you and her have in common

mbkatc230 said...

What a lovely way to keep summer in your home all year long. I would love to have a lemon tree, but alas I have a black thumb. We do have a friend that has one, she brings it in every winter and the fruit is incredible. But it's getting so big this may be the last year she can bring it in! Great post. Kathy (btw, I think that candying the kumquats is a great idea)

Jenny said...

Beautiful, beautiful blog. I love the citrus blooming against the backround of the snowy backyard. Kumquats are so yummy.