It’s Papaya time in South Florida. I usually have two crops, the Summer crop inevitably is eaten by the dreadful Papaya Hornworms and I eat the winter crop. This is an unknown variety grown from seed from a fruit a neighbor gave me. I planted the seed in 2016, the tree is probably 18 feet tall now and I had to use a pole saw to pick the fruit. The first fruit I picked with a leaf rake, poking holes in the side. That one rotted before it ripened – another neighbor took it to plant seeds for tree. Interestingly, Papayas have three sexes, male, female and hermaphodite. You hope for a hermaphrodite tree as the others are not self pollinating. Named cultivars self pollinate, growing them from seed is a gamble. Another neighbor planted a male tree soon after I planted mine, so I am not sure what it is.
My first tomatoes are ripening, this is a San Marzano, I am looking forward to tasting it. Yellow Pears have been good.
The Leonitis are in bud, these are still a bit new to me and I enjoy them for winter color.
Pups on the Flapjack Kalanchoe. I cut these off and put them in pots to root.
Leaves of the Flapjack Kalanchoe:
A Blue Glitter Thistle seedling. I hope this will grow in my sandy garden. The native thistles like moist meadows.
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