It must be...
Spring. Sunny, bright. Temps in the high 60s, low 70s. Short pants and
tank top weather. Did enough pruning and weeding to get sore, sweaty,
smelly, and tired. Discovered a 6-foot Brazilian pepper tree growing
against the fence behind the lychee [sneaky devil], and it was quite a
chore to get out. Finally I just whacked it off. It will come back, of
course, but when it does it will be small enough to get the diesel oil
Got three Madagascar palms that were growing in a large clay pot
transplanted into the ground. We had to break the pot to get them out.
Their roots had adhered so tightly to the inside sides of the pot that
we couldn't budge them otherwise. We've got another fairly large one in
a pot that I want to add to the same area; maybe week after next.
Next week is the Japanese festival at Morikami Gardens in Delray Beach.
More Ikebana, I'm afraid, but the short one has wanted to attend this
festival ever since she first heard about it. Don't know if I can take
Kabuki dancers for more than a nonce, however, but we'll see.
I also got all those oranges squeezed and freezed--or is it squozen and
frozen? Near as I can count, we laid by about 2 gallons of juice, or
about 8 weeks worth. Then, it's either back to Tropicana, buy a bunch
late-season fruits from a local grove, or hang out at Wal-Mart.
[Usually around the beginning of summer the wholesalers want to get rid
of the rest of this winter's crop, so the oranges turn up at Wal-Mart
in 2-1/2 pound bags [roughly 24 fruits] for less than $2 per bag. Each
bag will yield about 2 quarts of juice, which is very cheap for fresh
Short one has been on my case to prune the hibiscus, but this is the
wrong time of year to do that. This is their blooming season and they
bloom on new wood--so prune now and the blooming season is over for
this year. It took two years for my yard guy and me to convince the guy
across the street [he with the plastic Statue of Liberty in his front
lawn] that this was indeed the case. We must have finally succeeded;
this is the first year since we moved in that he didn't prune and his
hibiscus are blooming profusely.
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