Sunday, January 29, 2012
Black Saturday bushfire weekend when we had several stinking hot days reaching temperatures of 46ºC, the tree shrivelled and I very nearly chopped it down. But it survived after I removed the dead limbs and I consoled myself that it was a lovely shade tree even if it didn't produce fruit. BUT NOW IT DOES! Naturally I upset the neighbourhood with my demented squawking and jumping about in excitement. If I had been able I would have done a cartwheel. Or several.
When I first moved in I did a lot of research on avocados in the hope that I could work some magic on the tree. I contemplated getting another one to help with pollination but they grow so big. I also considered getting out a paintbrush and doing a bit of pollination myself. You see avocados, I understand, are rather tricky trees with A and B flowers that open after each other and change from male to female later in the day. It was all a bit bamboozling for me. And I didn't really hold out any hope. But you can rest assured that this year I'll be painting my flowers morning and afternoon. I have already done some googling on pollinating. This site looked simple enough for me to understand.
Now I am sure there's a lesson here about having faith, or patience being a virtue, or reaping what you sow... or something like that. But I'll leave the lessons for you to ponder 'cos I am too busy smiling and shrieking and making repeated visits to the tree.