Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy 80th Pine Green!

Date inscription on the front steps
We're not sure if January 11, 1934 is the actual "birthday" of Pine Green, but we figure the date inscribed on the front steps is as good of an official date as any. So with that Pine Green turned 80 years old today, and I thought it would be good to capture this snapshot in time.

This past week we had a couple of trees removed - a cherry laurel that just wasn't helping the landscape, and, unfortunately, a large avocado tree (about 40 foot twin trunks) that unfortunately had contracted laurel wilt disease. At least it produced a great harvest of avocados this season - some of the best in the neighborhood from what we hear. The guacamole was delicious. I haven't decided yet whether to try to propagate a new tree from some of its remaining fruit.

Today, in part to replace these trees, and in part to add some more "pines" to Pine Green for its 80th, we bought three norfolk island pines from South Seminole Nursery to complement the one we already have. In time we think they'll become nice anchor points to the landscape.

It's January and Pine Green's wonderful camellias are starting to bloom, as well as some of its bromeliads. The below photos were taken today in celebration of this special date.