Monday, July 28, 2014

It's a Girl!

The Papaya that is...

I was checking out the backyard to see what might have cropped up over the weekend and lo and behold, we have flowers on the papaya!  Girly ones at that!

I've been waiting patiently for the papayas to flower to see if I have male or female plants and I'm thrilled that this one is a female.  I have a second papaya very close to flowering and that one is also female.  It would be tragic to have to chop them down.  I have 4 papaya but the other two are quite a bit smaller.  It's annoying how one plant can be 8 feet tall and other plants only 2 feet away are only 4 feet tall.  Oh well, at least they're not dead.

Another discovery I made is that one of the sunchokes has finally flowered!

That's not a giant elephant ear top left in this photo, it's a velvet bean vine (I think!) that's choking the sunchoke!  It's the tubers I'm looking for, not what's above ground so I haven't bothered rescuing it.

My rose bush is also blooming again and quite happy!  I'm simply amazed at how well it's doing in such a short period of time.

Crap Picture of Rose Bush

Here's another shocker - the crepe myrtle I literally tried pulling out of the ground a few months ago because it looked dead as a door nail has flowered!  I guess it needed a good shaking!

Pay no attention to the washed out looking bit at the bottom of the photo! I was going to crop that bit out but Hubby showed me where he knocked a few of my border bricks out of place last night with the lawnmower and I see that I caught a bit of the upheaval in this shot.

All that excitement from a quick walk around the yard!


  1. It's excitement like that that keeps us going in this 90 degree (feels like a 100) heat here in FL! I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I've never had papaya. I think it's because it was my MIL's favorite and I didn't eat it to spite her. ;-)

  2. Nice to see all the good things happening in your neck of the woods. Hurray for papaya!