I chopped down the lemon tree this afternoon. Including the lemons. They had scale on them. I should have realized that was going to happen, but I didn’t, and they were on the underside so I didn’t notice until I went to pick them. It’s possible I could eat the lemons anyway, but that seems unhygienic and I won’t. Into the garbage they’ll go, along with the poor fading leaves and bumpy branches. Here’s hoping it takes the winter to recover and rises again, with a new, bug-free start, in the spring.

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