Mystery Plants & Green Thumb

Do you know what this is?

Look closer.

It’s a lemon tree!

I run by it most days.  See those clusters of lemons just waiting to be picked?

Suddenly I have a craving for fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Or  Sweet & Sour Honey Lemon Tofu

Or Raw Vegan Cheesecake

A super simple recipe.  Just make sure to blend, blend, blend if you make this.  And in 15 minutes you can dig in.
Raw Vegan Cheesecake

If you need more lemon-containing recipes, I have others, too.

There are plenty of plants in San Diego that I have no idea what they are called, other than pretty.

I’m sure someone will write to me with the names of them, but I just like to admire their beauty.

So pretty it looks fake!

I know the basics that I see around my neighborhood: roses


And a yellow lily, right?

From my last post about my Much Needed Meetup, it was fun to hear who or what has been much needed in your life.

And yikes on those gas prices.  We’re all in sticker shock!


1. Have you ever had a lemon straight from the tree?  Or any other food straight from the farm?

I had farm-fresh, hand-picked avocados, locally grown avocados recently.

And made plenty of recipes with them: guacamole and smoothies.

I have a CSA share.

And I support my local farmers markets.

But until I moved to San Diego I had never had lemons straight from the tree.  I used to live in a 1920s house with a lemon tree the size of a Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  Only slightly exaggerating about that.  It had 300 lemons at any given time.  Crazy!

2. Are you good with plant names and types, or not so much?

I admit that I was not into gardening, plants, horticulture, nature, or anything remotely green until my early 20s.  It was a world I was not familiar with and wanted nothing to do with.  I just didn’t care!

My parents, ironically, are extremely into both cooking and gardening and until my early/mid 20s, I wanted nothing to do with, either!

Maybe it was my way of rebelling or dissing what they were interested in, because you know, anything parents are into is automatically uncool, right?

Now I embrace both cooking and plants.  Boy how times have changed!

3. Are you a gardener?  Do you have a green thumb?

I have done some container gardening on the patio and grow herbs and plants in my kitchen on the countertops, like my stevia plant.

Sometimes I kill the plants and sometimes I can keep them going for quite awhile.  The stevia plant lasted about 3 months and then one day it was just dead.

My aloe plant is still going strong, 10 months later!

But I admit, with urban living and not having a yard or a private patio/deck and the fact that I live in San Diego with such amazing produce being grown year round by others, I haven’t ventured too much into the realm of gardening myself.  One day though!

Until I have more time and space to devote to gardening, I’d rather spend my extra time reading blogs, writing my own blog, working on my photography, and being with Skylar.

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57 comments on “Mystery Plants & Green Thumb”

  1. YOou know I love me some gardening! And my stevia plant died in a windstorm, which I wasn’t too sad about because I didn’t really get how to use it anyway. I love gardening, but mostly the veggies and such, not the flowers. I don’t know why, but maybe its my practicality coming out.

    I worked in Yuma near a lemon tree plantation and went there weekly to stock up. I’d get a plastic grocery bag FULL of fresh lemons and make lemonade for the whole crew. It was the best lemonade I’ve ever had!

  2. My next door neighbor has a very productive lemon tree, and she gives me lemons anytime I want them.
    When I was in high-school my best friend had THREE avocado trees in her backyard (haas and fuente) and we’d stuff ourselves silly with guacamole when they were in season.
    I’m getting my last three plants in the soil today. I’m hoping they’ll be lots bigger when I get back from my San Diego trip.

  3. I would love to have a lemon tree growing in my yard!!! I would totally be stealing those lemons from that tree!!!! LOL

  4. I can only imagine just how delicious one of those lemons would be!

  5. Ohh wow, this vegan cheesecake is totally up my alley. Delish, thanks for sharing!

  6. Growing up, our backyard was loaded with fruit trees and a little garden. We had plums, pears, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, and even a fig tree (although none of us ate them!) There are lots of forest areas and nice blackberry bushes so we used to go hunt for blackberry bushes too. I never realized how lucky I was until I moved out and had to start paying for fruit.

    My parents are really good about the names of trees and plants. My dad was a logger and then a lumber grader so he taught me how to tell the difference between types of wood based on bark, colour, and smell (cedar smells the best, btw). My mom is into flowers so she knows all sorts of different kinds. I’m just starting to learn. I’m a biology major at school so although I can tell you everything *inside* the plant, the actual name of the plant is beyond me!

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  9. You made me miss my lemon tree! I get a little attached to my plants, LOL! We rescued a little lemon tree when I was a little kid and my mom still has it in Bulgaria :) I’m 31 now! And I so miss our garden back home :( But until I’m done with this crazy military lifestyle though there will be no gardening… so my therapy these days is cooking/baking!

    I tried your Raw Vegan Cheesecake a while back but couldn’t get the cheesecake filling smooth like yours. Will try it again once I have a Vitamix :) Or will add more liquid to it. But will definitely try the Tofu soon, it looks amazing!

  10. Were you always into being healthy and exercising?

  11. Wow, that tree is packed with lemons! And that sunflower is gorgeous!

    1. Sure, I use fresh lemons a lot and eat tomatoes, nuts, apples, pears, etc. straight from trees.
    2. Getting better, but not great. I swear my mom knows them all! :-P
    3. Yes, a lot more so now. But our garden boxes need a lot of work for spring still. Even though it’s time consuming, I love the idea of being able to great fresh ingredients from the backyard as I need them.

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  17. I have never taken the time to find out if I have a green thumb … but this summer I plan to.

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