Nope. I’m not pregnant.
My parents have always been pretty savy business people. Even after the closing of thier livelihood they are still thinking of ways to rake in some cash, and have a good time while doing so. The yard here is full of interesting plant life. If I’m right, I think the people that owned the home before them actually owned a nursery. My parents bought this house in 1990 and have since added interesting items to the yard as well. I know that some of you guys from yoga have enjoyed the bionic fruit they’ve brought to Missouri. They have Ponderosa Lemons and Plumello Grapefruit. Both trees produce gigantic pieces of fruit.
One of the special trees in the yard is the Calomundin. That’s the one that bears the tiny orange-like fruit that are a pain in the tail to process but very worth the effort. My mom has made jars and jars of Calomundin marmalade. She’s also been mixing strawberries with them and it’s really, really good. They threw some jars of it in their garage sale and sold it like mad. So much that my mom puts a sign out front at the end of the drive way (next to the Take Our Country Back signs) I’m guessing. Who could miss those? There’s two of them out there as well as a gigantic flag flapping in the wind.
When you process Calomundins you end up with a lot of seeds. So they tossed some in a pot and guess what? They have a bunch of Calomundin trees started. In the garage sale you can get a jar of marmalade and a tree to bear your own fruit. Not only do they have Calomundin trees growing out back in their make-shift nursery, they also have a bunch of Lilies, Bromeliads, a wide variety of ferns, some palms and other assorted exotic flowers.
Here’s my mom showing me around the nursery. It’s by the pool. Sorry mom. I know that’s not a very flattering photo of you. My dad built that table (and others) that the plants are on. I think I had a photo of Lauren and Mady painting one posted earlier on in my blog.
These are cool plants. They get these tiny little leaves all over the edges. Like little droplets. They actually drop off and reproduce. She’s brought me two, and both times, I didn’t dig the plant up and bring it in the house before it got too cold. It basically disentegrated in Missouri.
I realize right now that this looks a little pathetic but it’s really hot here right now. This is my dad’s hydroponic set up. Tomatoes and peppers, good stuff.
Maybe they should just go for it and open a nursery. But that would mean filing for a business license, paying rent, a dreaded 941, W-2 forms, payroll and employees. Ugh!