Saturday, November 7, 2009


The ledge above the kitchen sink is a miniature greenhouse, lined with things the boys have planted. Sprouted pumpkin seeds inside a Ziploc bag grow behind the orange cutout. A cup of grass seeds in a paper cup now in need of a trim. And then my favorite, an avocado pit which did nothing at all for five weeks other than make the water murky, and then one weekend we looked and there were roots and a stem with leaves. We call it Audrey Three, because it looks like the plant Audrey Two, which is named after the girl Audrey One in Little Shop of Horrors, an outrageously good musical, which was made into a film with Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Ellen Greene.
Outside the window is our non-blossoming Magnolia tree. I wish it would bloom, but it hasn't in the 3 1/2 years we've lived here. To the left of the Magnolia (and not in the photo) is our Lemon-Lime tree. It's really a Lemon tree, but the boys named it when we moved in as all the lemons were still green, resembling limes. Unlike the Magnolia, the Lemon-Lime tree is perpetually in bloom, producing fruit and flowers year round. It's a confused little tree, and I wish it would share some pointers with the Magnolia! However, it's nice to have fresh lemons on hand at all times!
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