The availability of tropical fruit is delicious: mangoes, starfruit, papayas. Florida oranges and grapefruit are bountiful. Many Floridians are successful at growing these delicious fruits. My neighbor, Jim, has an abundant grapefruit tree. One neighbor grows bananas and oranges. I've never had a green thumb—only a hammered black and blue one.
I went to the nursery and bought an orange tree. It looked healthy with blossoms and buds, promising a nice crop of oranges. It smelled divine. I loosened it from the huge bucket that encapsulated the tree, dug a pretty decent hole, adding nutrients to the soil. As the weeks went by, the tree began withering and dropping it's leaves. I'd watered it and fed it—what more could I do? My neighbor's fruit tree weathered Hurricane Wilma, and mine up and died on me without provocation or neglect.
Not one to give up, I went back to the nursery and was captivated by the fragrance of the beautiful Asian Lilies and orchids. I bought one of each. The lilies looked great in the garden. The orchid had a protected and humid location in the house.
Need I say more? Despite all the TLC I gave the flowers, both were definitely DOA in two weeks time. I give up!
As I cruise down the produce aisle, I pick up my favorite Cali oranges[the best, sorry Florida], and some mangoes and papayas that I'm using as salsa for coconut shrimp. Seven dollars of delicious, juicy fruit...Yum!