Along the Lakeshore: June 26

Ducks, traffic issues, fruit trees

I recall that Janet Besse had a huge avocado tree in half a wine barrel. The barrel was moved out in the spring and back in the winter. I rooted a seed and I got it going quite well, but scrambled something up and it died. The avocado pits that are around now will not root. If anyone knows how to get a fertile pit, please let me know. I’d like to raise another one.

Sometime in the past, before I was on Lipitor, I bought a case of grapefruit at the Syracuse Banana Company in late March or early April. They combined one or two boxes, throwing out those definitely past their prime. Two seeds from that group sprouted quite vigorously. I planted the seeds and nurtured them to plants and ultimately into houseplant trees. They turned out to be sterile lemon trees, obviously from the rootstock for the grapefruit. The one I had in the office finally succumbed in 1999, shortly after I tried moving it to my back porch on West Lake Road. It didn’t like that and I returned it to East Lake Road, but it still died. Jay’s wife kept hers going well into the 21st century, but it cashed in about a year ago. They had very dark green glossy leaves and a lovely lemony odor. Mine never blossomed, but it did have thorns. If anyone can start grapefruit seeds, please let me know. I’d like to try them again as well.

Mr. Lemon doesn’t know anything about lemon trees, but he doesn’t like rain very much and doesn’t even stir to go out to my car when I call.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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