A few weeks ago, I was having the ‘no good very bad day’. The worst one I’d had in a very, very long time. To get revenge on the day – er, I meant to say – to cope in a healthier way, I went out to my local Home Depot store, and started scouring for a little tree. (It was an errand that I had on that back of my mind maybe someday to-do list anyway.) A lemon tree, to be specific. One, that I could pot and keep in my house. I am not sure that I even stopped to realize why. I just needed an indoor lemon tree in my life.
I spoke to one of the women in the outdoor plant section, and asked her about it. Is there such a thing? The little lemon tree was going to be inside all year round, and she said that a lot of people were doing that. (What? How long has this been going on? I must still live under a rock.)
She took me to the section where the dwarf citrus trees are kept, and we started hunting. They had a few options. Tangerine – nope. Clementine – nope. Lime – had to think about that option for a second, but again, nope. Then, she found it – my little lemon tree. It looked just a little bit Charlie-Brown-Christmas-treeish, with very minimal branches and a few leaves that looked like the caterpillars had recently snacked. But, I was happy with this particular one and said, “Let’s do this.”
Then came the potting soil. The employee pointed me to a potting soil mix that is designed for growing consumables, safe for kids and pets, etc. It’s called Amend. And, lucky me, it was a 2 cubic feet sized bag! This was approximately 1.85 cubic feet more than I actually needed and used. (Insert shrug.)
I brought it home to my husband’s skeptical, but loving and understanding, response. You are going to put the lemon tree where? Yes, on the island. It’s a tree. Yeah. I know. Isn’t it fun?
Hehehe. The dear man helped me re-pot it into a fun pot I found at my local home decor store, At Home. (#iamnotsponsoredbyanyone) It’s pretty heavy, but not so heavy that I couldn’t pick it up and move it to a different location easily when we have parties and need the whole island for food and beverages.
I placed it on the second island, and voila. Simple, beautiful, fun, a little unexpected, and maybe in 3-5 years, a couple of lemons. I don’t even care. I love it. Apparently, lemon trees are one of my happy places.
Who else out there has indoor citrus trees? Or, Ficus? Fiddle-leaf Fig? Palms? Whaddayagot? Any good advice or tips for me on lessons learned? How to care for?
The Bible talks a lot about pruning us – lopping off branches that don’t bear good fruit, and even pruning branches that bear good fruit so that the good fruit is even better. I happen to know from experience that this can be a painful process. But, God. He is my Rescuer, my Redeemer and the Lifter of my head. I trust Him with this continuing process even when I don’t like it. I live life with such freedom from past sin and shame, true joy, despite life’s continuing lessons, and I love the person that He created me to be (which I didn’t used to be able to say). I often pray, Jesus, you can mess with me. I want You to continue Your work in me. I might kick myself later, because He is faithful to continue to mess with me, and sometimes that is painful, but necessary. I can now say, after years of grappling with this particular issue that, I TRUST YOU, Jesus. Help me trust you more every day.
“To have good fruit you must have a healthy tree; if you have a poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it bears. Matthew 12:33 GNB https://www.bible.com/bible/296/MAT.12.33.GNB