Spring in our little world has been much like me this year—it’s been staggering a bit behind and slow getting started. But as I have begun to recover, so too has our humble little array of plants. We do not have a lot of room and much of what we attempt to grow resides in pots. Wanna take a look? I thought you’d never ask.
A few years back we bought a pineapple at the supermarket and after cutting off the top, Rosemarie placed it in a saucer of water. A few months later we transferred it, roots and all, into a pot of soil. That little gesture has led to our huge .000054 acre pineapple farm consisting of eight plants. Patients is required to grow these guys. Each bloom is a good six-month process before it’s pickin’ time. But take a look—we got pineapples!
In a similar move, Rosemarie grabbed a fallen coconut out of the canal that flows by the back of our house. It had already begun to sprout a little. Now it’s about two years old and there’s no stopping it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have coconuts beaning us on the head this time next year.
Meanwhile, the tree farm keeps Miracle Grow potting soil in business. The four larger ones: a lemon, avocado, mango and a peach.
Below is another peach tree, this one planted in the ground. There was so much stone and junk hidden under the grass we had to rent a jackhammer a few years back when we planted this tree. We got it at good old Home Depot. It’s a special peach breed supposedly developed for the hots of South Florida. I trimmed it back last fall and was worried that I maybe overdid it. But, finally, little green spouts are showing up, albeit about a month later than usual. I keep hoping one day we have peach pie from this guy, but he’s being real stubborn about it.
And finally, from our visit to Hawaii about ten years ago, the Plumaria tree. It flew back with us in a plastic package, about eight inches long. It’s the only tree here that reminds us of those back home in Pennsylvania. It loses all its leaves every winter, very different from the year-round leaf-bearing trees of Florida. It too has been late coming, but it has lots of blossoms.
Okay, it’s officially spring in our backyard, a little late, but finally here. Next comes summer and the accompanying AC bill that never fails to blossom this time of year.