So we have steadily changed it all over. We have extended lawns, removed everything with thorns and started all over pretty much everywhere. This year was a year of major change: large palm trees were removed, baby citrus trees were moved and a hedge planted. I planned for the productive trees to be out the front, which culminated in a lime, lemon, orange, 2 pears and an avocado. Husband warned me of this suggesting that people would pick the fruit and we would lose a lot of it. I was not deterred, knowing that if I wanted fruit trees there was no where else for them to go, and I really want fruit trees!
However, sadly, it seems that in this state that proudly proclaims it's heritage as free settlers, there is still a seedy criminal element. This morning I have discovered the whole avocado tree is gone! I was OK with people taking fruit when the trees finally grow, but not taking the whole tree!
It was an expensive tree and I can only assume someone knew that and wanted it. Having an avocado was always an experiment, they don't always work here, so I knew we were taking some risk with it. But I always assumed by 'it not working' it would be because I killed it, not that it ran away!
So, I guess it's time to look at something more common - perhaps an apricot...
|The sad empty space, with only a small branch on the ground left behind.|