She’s 9 years old. 10 this summer. She’s blooming right now, and her perfume fills our small townhouse.
I’m in the room above the kitchen where she is during winter, but I smell her sweet odor as if she’s in the same room! More fragrant at night, like jasmine flowers.
I overjoyed when I found the flowerbuds on the tree for the first time. It was the end of 2013, and the first flower opened on January 14th 2014. (I posted a few updates in January 2014. She flowered again in summer.)
She provides privacy during warmer seasons, acting as an elegant green screen between our kitchen door and the alleyway. I think she loves the location, the south side of the house & protected from the north wind. When we moved here, she was shorter than me, but now she’s the tallest of all.
The little birds (house sparrows) love her, too. I painstakingly remove all the thorns, so the birds don’t get hurt.
A lemon or two would be nice, but being related to yuzu (柚子), a popular Japanese citrus for its zest, which is said to bear fruits only after 18 years into maturity, I may have to be patient.
Fifteen flower-buds this time. The first one opened last Thursday. Unfortunately, it fell after a few days. Eight are blooming at the moment. Really intoxicating. Almost too much for my hyper sense of smell.
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