I have had a bay tree now for 10 years. I accept that I will always have to fight those scaley things under the leaves that make a sticky substance on the plant. I have won so far, and it is not that hard. I overwinter the bay tree in the bathroom. Every so often I put it in the shower throw some soap on it and give it a good shower.
Now the orange tree.
This is a dedication to my grandmother
40 years ago I watched my grandmother take a Q tip and pollinate the white blossoms of her dwarf orange tree that her truck driving son brought her back from Florida.
It made tiny little oranges, and she gave the tiny orange tree that resulted from that- to me! (I was her favorite, I just know).
It has been with me in my classrooms as I taught school. It was there when I came home from my honey moon, it was there at the birth of both my kids, it was there when I moved from Mt. Vernon, Ky. to Monitcello, Ky, to Bardstown, Ky. to Freeland, Michigan, and then back again to Mt. Vernon, KY.
This year I took it out in the yard and planted it. I have done this once before. I was saying goodbye. Let it grow how it will till frost (8 weeks) and then a quick death. The last time I did this it was so pretty, I could not stand it - I dug it back up.
See how yellow it is? See how small it has stayed for 40 years.