Once I set eyes on the lemon tree in Ysolda's (a knitwear designer) flat I knew it was a plant I wanted to try growing in my own home. I previously thought they were something that would only grow in warmer climates but became suspicious when I spied loads of them in plant boxes in the serene back garden of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The Meyer Lemon is native to China and thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. The skin is a little thinner than a regular lemon so zesting won't actually yield very much. The thrill for me will be in watching these little oblong green fruits become bright yellow over the course of goodness knows how long. It has become a cheery daily ritual to pour a cup of tea and 'visit' my lemons and as you can see...Deacon is always right there to supervise.