Sad day in my backyard and in my heart.
I love this tree. It installed hope and inspiration. This Avocado plant is 10 years old and gracefully enhances our backyard. Last year it finally started reproducing. This giant gave us thousands of fruits. Bags and bags were given away as gifts. The freezer was packed with frozen ziplock bags of avocado for smoothies. Landscapers helped themselves with fresh treats and marveled at its size
Moreover, this tree had its own genesis. It started as a seed and grew to its mighty height, instead of being manually grafted. It has two twin stalks supporting the crown. Birds, bees and the rest of pollinators enjoyed the social buzz-meet up during avocado’s flower season.
However, after September’ s Hurricane Irma, the climate has not been very favorable for Tampa Bay area vegetation. It seems that last winter was too harsh. 2018 is a wonderful new year, although it brought the freeze to our Florida area that has not been prevalent for more than a decade.
Sigh. Poor tropical trees. Poor fruit trees. What a loss. One organically grown tree could have fed multiple families, wild animals, and house pets.
Turns out avocado is not toxic at all for dogs and they happily consumed the green fruit without the pit in it. Armadillos and squirrels didn’t touch the rest of vegetable harvest due to avocado abundance.
How do I get out of this funk morning the loss of the living matter?
Four more backyard trees suffered the brutal freezing temperatures. Producing mangos and star fruits are all still affected too. The brown color contrast in the green landscape accentuates our powerlessness in the midst of planetary weather unpredictability. These trunk statues are the gloomy reminders of what could have been…..
What a loss.
This is kidney mango tree now and then.
Simply too disappointing.
Lost for words.
All photographs belong to Luda @PlantsandBeyond.com