Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Thursday, May 17, 2012

citrus dreams

someday i will have a greenhouse.
it will have a gravel floor, and ferns will drink up its humidity.
there will be room to tuck a wicker chair in the corner.
i will drink steaming cups of darjeeling tea there.
it will have a view of the green mountains.
jasmine will bloom from hanging baskets.
seeds will be started in the latest days of winter, 
and salad greens will grow when there is snow on the ground.
i will read the secret garden to our grandchildren in its shelter.

until then, i am intoxicated by our blooming
meyer lemon here in CT.

you can be sure it will find a place of honor
 in our greenhouse some day.


  1. I have a greenhouse but it isnt as pretty as your dream greenhouse!
    sounds perfect!

  2. Oh my goodness -- you're growing Meyer lemons. I'm so impressed!

  3. In this season of dreams for graduates, I love reading about dreams for grown ups!

  4. you and me both
    I have this same dream

  5. My Meyer lemon sprouts are only 4 inches tall but your post helps me imagine the intoxicating aroma of their blossoms. Your greenhouse sounds divine. I deeply hope you will have it some day, and sooner than it will take to have grandchildren to read to while sheltered by it. Hold those thoughts. They will pull your feet forward on days when they feel paralyzed.

  6. We are truly blessed in my part of the world, subtropical Queensland (Australia), which is an all-over greenhouse. Lemons and limes, grapefruit and oranges, all grow in my garden. But it's years since I remembered to go and smell their flowers. And jasmine creeps all around my water tank, threatening to smother other plants. Next time I'm yanking out its invading tendrils, I will take the time to ponder how lucky we are. Thanks for reminding me.

  7. What a beautiful dream! I would love to have a greenhouse, too. Or, like Chartreuse, live in a place that is like a greenhouse.

    I've been growing citrus inside since I was a kid. And I just bought a meyer lemon tree yesterday when I was garden shopping. I could not resist the flower bud filled plant. The whole house is perfumed right now and I am loving it. It's almost as if I can smell your photo!

  8. This sounds wonderful Karen and I feel strongly that all your hard work and dedication to your dream will manifest this vision!