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pineapplePineapple is traditionally a symbol of “welcome” and hospitality. This is evidenced by the stone and wood pineapple ornaments often found in front of people’s houses, on the tops of posts or by the front door. And there are many light fixtures shaped like pineapples or containing pineapple finials. I have a stone pineapple ornament in my backyard. More significantly, I have numerous LIVE pineapples planted in my front yard, in different stages of development. This one is still green and small; it’s not ready yet for harvesting. I started growing most of the pineapples from the cutoff tops of store-bought fruit I ate. So whenever I consume a pineapple, I cut off the crown and plant it. It takes about 2 years for a new pineapple to emerge.

Today I started a photography workshop and our assignment was to take a photo of “home”. The pineapple represents home for me: the plants in my garden, the trees. I moved from a beautiful townhouse in Key Biscayne that I had remodeled, to the house I now live in, less than a year ago. Key Biscayne is an island just off the coast of Miami, connected to the mainland by a causeway.  “Why would you move from Key Biscayne?!” many of my friends asked, incredulously, “living on the island is paradise.” Answer: to have fruit trees. I needed a yard. Do I miss Key Biscayne? Sure, I miss walking on the beach and the shorebirds… but I don’t regret the move. I’ve been enjoying my yard and garden tremendously. I only wish I had moved to a house with a LARGER yard. Some people collect pens, others collect coins; I collect fruit trees.

 

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  1. […] “I moved from a beautiful townhouse in Key Biscayne that I had remodeled, to the house I now live in, less than a year ago. Key Biscayne is an island just off the coast of Miami, connected to the mainland by a causeway. “Why would you move from Key Biscayne?!” many of my friends asked, incredulously, “living on the island is paradise.” Answer: to have fruit trees. I needed a yard. Do I miss Key Biscayne? Sure, I miss walking on the beach and the shorebirds… but I don’t regret the move. I’ve been enjoying my yard and garden tremendously.” – directly copied from Beatriz portela’s blog https://gardeningb.com/2015/06/08/home/ […]

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  2. When we were little kids, my brother accidentally broke a pineapple off the stalk in our pool patio and we all stared at it in horror. We knew it was mom’s favorite plant, so we did what little kids do — we stuck it back on the stalk with a toothpick and hoped she wouldn’t notice. Now it’s been like 45 years since this travesty occurred and I finally know how to atone. I’m going to send him a pineapple with your instructions on how to plant the top. It will grow in his climate in California (not mine in the NE).

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  3. I didn’t know the pineapple was used as a welcome signal – how nice is that, I’ve learned something. I loved in Boca Raton for 5+ years, and I also planted my cut off tops. I harvested one pineapple before we left. I loved my garden there, it was full of fruit trees, many citrus, but also Mangos, Florida cherries, starfruit, and numerous Jamaican fruits that I can no longer remember the names of.

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  4. love this post & pic! I’ve got a beautiful image of the island and your home garden in my head from your post 🙂 can’t wait to see what else you come up with as we go on this blogging/photography journey!

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