Well, there has been a hiccup in my blogging efforts this past week.  My blog’s host, WordPress, changed the entire procedure for publishing a post and I had absolutely no warning.  So the old dog/new tricks scenario came into play.  I will not bore you with the drama trauma all this caused me, but I make a great martyr so I will carry on…I hope.

Now, where was I?  Oh yes, the little picture of the flower I left for you.  I asked if you knew what it was.  Well, if  you don’t hang out in these parts of  the country, or Hawaii too, for that matter, you may not realize the  picture is of a fresh bloomin’ pineapple. I grow pineapples in my back yard—not in the yard itself, but in pots.  I’ve shown them in one or two posts before.  Here’s the complete pineapple garden…

Pineapples are actually pretty easy to grow.  Once a year you have to thin them out since they like to duplicate themselves a lot.  Then there are always a few pesky weeds to weed out much like any plant and that’s about it….ah, except one thing…

Any time you put your hands and arms into the plant you can expect to have them come out a bloody mess. That’s because the “breed” of plant I have features little razor-sharp barbs that line the edge of the leaves. The leaf blades are akin to what is called “sawgrass” which is a similar species that grows here in South Florida and lives up to its name if you choose to walk through it.  Meanwhile, over in the other end of the yard is this monstrosity pictured below…

Believe it or not, this is a coconut tree.  It’s only about four years old.  I started it from an actual coconut that was floating in the canal with about a three-inch sprout  growing out of its top.  I had it in a pot for a year or so and then planted it.  It took off like it’s been on coconut steroids ever since and  hasn’t stopped.  I don’t know very much about coconut trees, but what you see–I think– is the TOP of the tree.  The trunk which I assume will grow up from under it, has just started to emerge (see bottom picture).   This tree is really cool to watch grow.  It even produces a burlap-like material wrapped  around it.  Too bad though, I do not think the tree will  produce a coconut cream pie anytime soon.



About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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