Due to the diverse audience this forum has, both in general knowledge and in geographical location, I just have to try and clear up something that's been puzzling me for a few years now. Here it is:
Ever since I've gone to visit in-laws in Russia over the past five years, I've been exposed to beekeeping in Russia; a country with a climate that is fairly cold (at least in the regions I've visited). I keep running into a plant source (actually, a tree) from which the bees typically gather a lot of nectar each year and from which a lot of creamed honey is made (it's kind of a whitish-yellow colour). This tree is called a lime tree. I have also seen this referred to in Russian classical novels that have translated it as "lime trees". This tree lines the walkways at Peterhoff (not all together that far away from the artic circle). I have never seen it in bloom and certainly have never seen any "limes" on it!
Now there is something just inherently wrong with this picture (or perhaps, wrong with my thinking of what the devil a lime tree is). Isn't a lime tree kind of a "tropical" tree (like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc.)?
I have always thought there must be some problem with the translation of this tree's name. I've researched this a little on the net and I've found a 'linen tree' (or some such thing...going from memory here) and have wondered if, perhaps, that's not the tree. But I'm not familiar with that tree either. Can anyone shed any light on this puzzle?