Tuesday, May 18, 2010

When the rains come...

A wet wave of weather pushed through South and Central Florida last night, co mingling with the humid tropical air from the south. In a few short hours the heavens released the cool spring rains.

Of course.....I had planned on painting the house. Grrrrrrr Want to hear God laugh? Just tell 'm your plans.

This morning is absolutely still, bright blue sky and a comfortable 78 degrees. (and rising quickly)

Life now slides to the summer routine. Up early in the morning, coffee and pruners in hand, NPR in the background. A quick lap in the back to forage the ripe fruits and veggies. This morning it is a dwindling supply of mulberries from the Morus tree and the sweetest mini grape tomatoes that volunteered under the Calamondin tree. Today, the task is to reduce the Mulberry canopy for ease of collecting. The neighboring Carambola and Jackfruit are competing for the space. Each will have their day of spring pruning to prepare for storm season.

Other notes: The Jackfruit has a 8" fruit started and many more aborted. The Sugar Apple is dressed out in a full frock of new green leave. It is the one true ultra tropical in the yard, looking quite ragged when the northern wind blows. The Dutchman's Pipe Vine has completely covered the Ylang Ylang and Wild Lime, both struggling to reach the sunlight. The first Polydamas butterflies have been seen laying eggs on the Pipe Vine. Soon it will be eaten into submission for another year.


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