We have a glut of limes, more than I could have dreamed of just two years after planting the tree. I spent Sunday making jars of lime curd (lime butter) and lime marmalade, freezing a hundred slices for adding to cool drinks, and scouring old cook books for lime cordial recipes.
Here's the lime marmalade, all ten jars. I've never made it before, but have to say it's very tangy and quite delicious!
After the marmalade, the curd (which I forgot to photograph, but is also rather delicious), and the frozen slices, I still had a bowl of limes leftover, plus the tree still weighed down with ripe fruit. Never mind, next weekend I shall be making cordial.
Whilst I picked limes and worked away in the kitchen, hubby was clearing more of the yard and preparing to build another raised bed for the autumn planting at the end of this month.
You can see in the back left of the photo above, the raised bed he built and prepared last month. He planted sweet potato in there on Sunday because it's an easy crop to grow here all year round, and will be used as a staple carb in our meals.
Out in the front garden we have five huge pumpkins ready to pick, and many more just beginning to grow. We were just about the pick them late Sunday afternoon, when the rain came, and it's pretty much rained ever since. But I love the rain right now (its not flooding rain this time) which turns everything a lush green and brings on a rousing chorus from the frogs all night long. We even had baby green tree frogs taking shelter on the limes yesterday...
Elsewhere in the back garden, the roses I pruned right back two weeks ago have once again burst into life...