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19 September, 2012

I’d like to introduce you to Larry, my best friend at work other than GAW.

Larry is a two-year-old, foot-high lemon plant who I am very proud to say I have been growing from a pip I took from a lemon I was juicing for a cake. He normally sits on the windowsill, but for this photoshoot I have sat him on my desk. I move him from one side of the office to the other every day to make sure he gets enough sun, and when people see him in transit they stop me and ask me what he is. When I explain, they are always impressed, and can’t resist rubbing his leaves to release his bright, sharp citrus aroma. Whenever I have any time off, responsibility for feeding and caring for Larry passes to GAW, and in return I look after Barry, her bonsai tree, if she is away.

Ladies and gentleman, meet Larry:


From → Blogging, Pictures

  1. Hi Larry! I had a lemon plant once but he didn’t do very well, I’m afraid. You are a man of many talents, obviously: writing, gardening, and you make lemon cake (at least I assume it was lemon cake but of course I could be wrong). Why has GAW not seen the error of her ways yet, dumped her boyfriend, moved out, and jumped on you?

    • sorry to hear your lemon didnt do so well 😦
      my lemon cake is legendary in our office, GAW is a particular fan. i can offer no explanation for her continued resistance to my charm(s)

  2. TheOthers1 permalink

    Hi Larry! I love the smell of lemons. 🙂

  3. maryisidra permalink

    Hello Mr. Larry. My aren’t you a Handsome one 😉 I have a question for you. How long did your pip take to germinate,and what were the conditions that were needed? ( I have your southern cousin in the fridge and would like a go at it) Thank You from Alabama

    • i’d better speak on behalf of Laz, his typing isnt great.
      i don’t know the secret, i planted four pips in the spring, watered them, and a couple of weeks later, Larry was born. Hope you have similar luck…

  4. I am impressed! You must have a green thumb because even though I don’t know what a pip is, I think it’s a seed. Even if it was the leaf attached to the lemon?, you cared deeply and watched closely to make sure it lived. You’re a softy aren’t you R.C.? Well, citrus is no geranium. (Geraniums grow very easily) Did I tell you I was impressed – at work no less! I think thats practically like growing plants in space.

  5. I love this….I tried to grow and avocado tree once….disaster 😦 I am a terrible plant parent!

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