Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ode to a Key Lime Tree...


One mothers day about 4 years ago

I was gifted with a beautiful and prolific key Lime Tree.

It was big and bountiful...and was carefully planted in the back yard.

It supplied us with juicy, gorgeous yellow/green key limes

just about all year round.

Lime-Ginger soda: 1 lime and a couple of pieces of fresh ginger...add club soda
Heaven in a glass...and good for ya too! Try it...I'll wait.
Anyway, This trusty green friend had the fury of one too many hurricanes unleashed upon it...
It started to produce less and less fruit.
This spring it had a resurgence and gave us about 4 or 5 tiny
delectable limes...I thought It was coming back.
But it didn't
That was it's last valiant effort. It died soon after.
Thinking of something I could do with the kitchen chandelier...
that would last through the holidays, I brought the lime branches inside...
and started adding them to the light.
I present to you....
Our new Key Lime Brancholier
decked out in some autumn splendor.
will probably hold Christmas ornaments later


Yep...certainly prefered it the other way....

....But, thats the way the Lime Tree falls.
Poor little guy.


43 comments:

Kat said...

Im sorry you lost your lime tree but the chandy looks terrific!

Tara said...

Love visiting here although I do not always get to commenting! Your home looks so cozy, frmo the peeks I see...and the posters are a hoot!

:0)Tara

sandra/tx said...

When life gives you a dead lime tree, make a lime tree brancholier. I love how you turned that sad story into a happy one. And I love the new brancholier. :-)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I'm stealin' this idea. I'll have to find something other than a lime tree, though. There might be a dead persimmon tree by the creek. Your chandelier is glorious. Wonderful way to pay tribute to your lime tree, Linda.

Ana Balbinot said...

I want a chandy like this!!!!
LOVE it!
Have a nice weekend, Linda, and thanks for your visit and comment at my blog. Venha sempre!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I'm sorry about your lime tree, but WOW your chandy looks AWESOME!

Eloise said...

So sorry about your key lime tree...

But great post! Very cool brancholier!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Awww....Thanks you guys. I was so sad about losing the lime that my oldest son said " Geez Mom...sounds like you lost a pet...are you THAT sad?" In that amazing teenage way that makes you feel about maybe 1 or possibly 2 inches tall.

So...Thanks for feelin' it with me.

You all are the best!!

Natalie said...

I'm sorry about your little lime tree but WOW, he is stunning now!

Great idea :)

Bridget said...

Aww, poor little lime tree. I'm glad it has one last hurrah!

Millie said...

Brings back memories of the fantastic & prolific lime tree we had in the back garden of our previous house - how we miss it, especially in my Friday night Margarhitas!

Hope the new Owners are enjoying them as much as we did.
Millie ^_^

SarahWhite said...

You broke my heart with that story!! Really...I was sad. Then I saw what you did with the poor remains and was reminded ONCE AGAIN how doggone cool you are.

I have never had that lime drink...my Mom is coming to town tomorrow and I am definately going to make some of those...sound delish! You need to share more of your cookin' (and your big black canine...I like him too.)

Love,
A brat from Lisa's pack :)

Topsy Turvy said...

I'm impressed that you were able to work with the nasty little thorns! I just got a Meyer lemon to go along with our key lime. Can't wait to make lemonade.

-Lana

Sharon said...

This Brancholier has solid good history, and will make the family photos special this year:) A sad touching story of a tree turned into a happy one:)

Julia Lounibos said...

I can totally relate to the demise of your key lime 'cause the same thing happened to me in the past. The tree I have now is finicky and not particularly productive. This year we have NONE! However, I have friends that supply me with enough to keep me happy. I happen to have all the stuff for the drink, tried it, and wow, it's great! Thanks. The dead branches on the chandelier are absolutely divine! Love, love, love your blog.

Joyce said...

Linda I'm bummed about your key lime tree. I would of been sad too knowing it was a gift especially from your son.

My favorite pie is Key lime pie. mmmm... I love how you made lemonade out of lemons, in this case limes! The tree didn't make it but you took the branches to create a masterpiece over your table. The branches should keep for you to bring out every fall, right?

Lisa said...

Very clever! I think you should hang fake crystallized/sugared limes on it at Christmas. ;-)

Stephanie said...

Who knew?? Key lime drinks and chandeliers AND pie!

x..x
steph

Bo said...

Aw, sorry to hear about the loss of your lime tree...any tree is a loss, but a fruit-bearing one is doubly sad...Love the chandy though! ;-) Bo

Ana Balbinot said...

Dear Linda,
Today I post my 100 post and I choose some beautiful images that I found in Blogland since I became a blogger, and there are 3 pictures from your blog. Please come to see!
Have a nice week!

My Notting Hill said...

Love key limes - and your decorated chandelier. I have a little lemon tree but he doesn't seem to do very well.

Amber said...

I love your blog, Linda! Poor lime tree...but living on beautifully in the casa!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

At least you know what to ask for for Christmas:)

Mango Gal said...

It looks awesome! Sorry about your tree though :-(

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, so sorry about your little lime tree! It looks wonderful now on your chandelier, though, love that. :) Now I HAVE to try this drink because I love limes AND ginger!

katiedid said...

What's that saying? When the world gives you lemons....limes....whatever. You certainly made beautiful limeade!!!! Love your Fall Chandelier!

Cote de Texas said...

What a great idea!!!! I once had one too, but it was a lost cause for me. love the chandelier like this though.

Cote de Texas said...

Thank you btw - for your sweetest message ever to me about Artie and his blog. You are too nice. thanks soooo much!!! really appreciated.

anita said...

the lime ginger soda sounds delicious - love the story of
your little lime tree!

Lisa said...

Wow, Linda!!!
That is just gorgeous what you did with the beloved lime tree.
Love it!
alllll the way over here, at the beach.
Lisa
coastal nest

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry about your tree. However, you worked your magic and created an amazing Brancholier. How cool is that!

I hope one day you can have another Key Lime that's just as good to you.

Blessings - Debbie

Bridget said...

Good morning Linda, Thanks for stopping by to visit #44. : )
I neglected to inform you that I was passing on the Creative Blogger Award to you and all of the other if you'd like them!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Those magnificent colours of green. I can see an entire room in my head..all in those colours!

hello gorgeous said...

Nicely done. Branchelier? Chandelimier?

I made real key lime pie for the first time two summers ago. I make it regularly in the summer. Yum. That drink sounds great. With rum. ;-)

Michelle said...

Hi there!

Just discovered your blog and wondering why I had not discoered it earlier! What beautiful pictures!! Hmm....or maybe I was here before and forgot to come back. Eeek...my mind is doing terrible things to me lately. I will add you to my blog list. That way I will NEVER forget!

Michelle :)

Gina said...

What a beautiful blog, only found you today. Lots to be read!

Gina from Germany
http://www.ginanews05.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

Oooo Linda I will have to try that soda...sounds good! Oh my gosh I love your chandy....that looks so good!!! Ok so its still 80 (im guessing) in FLA....go ahead and fall it up!! Lisa

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Could you PLEASE tell me where you got your chandelier? I've been looking for one for a LONG time and THAT is what I'm looking for! :)

~melody~

Mrs. Limestone said...

Love the Brancholier...fab!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Hi Linda! Thanks for popping by the blog-home, I'm glad you enjoyed my hubby post.

Anonymous said...

My lime tree just died, and I just cried.

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

Hi Linda! Hey, I was writing a post on lighting, googled "brancholier" like it might really be a word, and found this! I hope you don't mind, but because it was a PERFECT fit, I borrowed one of your pics (with proper links attached of course). What ever became of your photo shoot? I missed it if it was published. Thanks a lot! I'm going back to my post now to triple-check that link!

Mary Ruth said...

Love the Brancholier! What a great idea for the fallen lime, it went out in a blaze (light from chandy) of glory.

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