The thing I need most to tell you is that yesterday we had a lemon tree tragedy. It became apparent that our lemon tree had fallen ill, thanks to the Gall Wasp. Gall wasps are a native Australian wasp from Queensland that build a nest in the branches (it looks like the branch is just bulging) of lemon trees making the lemon tree less productive and healthy. They used to not be able to survive in Victoria, but in the last decade or so have swept over the state. Thanks, climate change.
Anyway, there is no way to get rid of Gall Wasps (at least that I've read about) except to cut off the branches which are affected by it, basically all the branches.
So our lemon tree when from this (so bushy! So leafy! So many lemons!):
It's so spindly and sad now. We had to cut off about five lemons. Gulp.
I was pretty upset about this. I said to Inspector Climate: What will happen when we get a cat someday and it gets sick and we have to put it to sleep! I'm not going to be able to handle it!
And then I started crying. I started crying about the livelihood of our future cat. Oy.
The rest of our garden is doing wonderfully.
Tomatoes are growing
Green beans are elegantly climbing.
And our lemon tree is sending up one unaffected branch with a lemon on top. A lone reed (name that movie!).