Sunday, July 1, 2012

Flowers Leaves And Fruit

It's long overdue but I went out with my camera and took a few pictures of the plants around my house. These are a form of blackberry and are delicious.

I am fond of bananas but this little tree has a way to go before it will produce fruit. We rely on the kindness of friends at this time of year to produce locally grown bananas.

I've picked three ripe figs off the little fig tree. They are so soft and succulent I eat them skin and all. Which is why there were none left to photograph.

Avocado grown from a nut in a fruit I ate:

There is a certain satisfaction seeing all these plants sprouting leaves and fruit everywhere.

I've already harvested two ripe pineapples from my bushes with more to come.

This tree, below, I have grown from a seed I found in a piece of jack fruit purchased and eaten at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami. I started with three and two died but this one has flourished.

More avocados but no fruit in sight.

My 800 square foot stilt house is buried in a jungle of plants, overseen by mature coconut trees.

One day I hope to harvest a custard apple, my favorite fruit, from this little shrub:

Cheyenne likes t stretch out in her grass box, a little the worse for wear, while I sit in the chair set up under the gumbo limbo. At night especially it's like sitting out in a forest.

Mangoes are showing up in ever greater numbers on my little potted tree:

They are looking good.

I ate one a little prematurely because it was infiltrated by insects and going bad. It tasted excellent, surprisingly considering how green it was.

I'm growing a new piece of frangipani that fell off the main tree.

Frangipani grows easily the say, like gumbo limbo, just stick it in the ground and up it comes. We shall see.

This one started as a naked branch stuck in a pot and it's doing nicely, as seen in the yellow blooms above.

The house is small enough that there is enough offset around the building to allow lots of greenery.

These bushes at the front are yielding flowers and fruit. I keep finding fragile ripe mulberries dangling off the little tree.

They stain my fingers and taste delicious, slightly tart and fresh.

It's all decoration with vines creeping everywhere can get them to grow.

It's a refuge from the glare of the sunshine outside, though in wonder what happens to these plants in the event we get hit by a hurricane in the summer...

My motorcycle is comfortably in the shade... is my dog. Cheyenne loves the cement floor under the house.

This is how she supervises my gardening efforts.

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Brady Steffl said...


As you know, we just moved into our new place, and as such needed to take a trip to Home Depot. Kelsie picked up some discounted (abused) tomato plants and I looked at the fruit trees. It was sad, they're such an investment and impossible when you move so much.

I started a dwarf lemon in VA, but had to leave it, it wouldn't have done much in SD but now, lord it would love the heat and this year was the year it would have been producing fruit. I'm talking about this like some people might talk about dead children. Morbid. I just have a bit of envy going on. The saying goes that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now - but not really when you live in a year-lease rental.

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lys93 said...


Glad your garden is doing well! We are having hot weather ( Key West temps) and very little rain for the last month or so. Everything here is struggling. We can only water during certain hours every other day so you can't water enough to make up for what doesn't come from the sky.


Anonymous said...

I'm loving the pictures of your plants. How awesome that would be to enjoy fresh tropical fruit that you've grown yourself. Hopefully, someday I will get to do that very thing. Thanks for sharing Key West with all of us conch.
Wannabe Key Westener!!

Conchscooter said...

I think fruit trees should be planted on public lands, medians on highways and in parks. These plants seem to grow and fruit despite me and my efforts rather than as a result of them. Must be the climate.

David B. said...

I like that you subscribe to the old Keys tradition of only growing plants that you can eat (frangipani is good for the soul, of course.) Everybody looks healthy and happy out there.