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Spider Plants, Avocado Trees, and Critters who Belong Outside

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Post is brought to you by Linda G. Hill, author of

All Good Stories, “a romantic comedy with a twist.”

Soon it will be time to bring my outside plants inside. They are really indoor plants, but they like to be out in good weather which we have a lot of here. I just hope they don’t have spiders hiding in them when I bring them in.

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For the past two days, I saw a small gecko/lizard/chameleon hopping around my avocado tree on the back deck. I’d rather not have to try to get these little critters outside because I’m always afraid I’ll hurt them. Except for the water bugs, aka Palmetto bugs. Not afraid to hurt them. Yet, they are living things too, so why…..

But back to he plants, because I don’t want to talk about bugs. I have so many spider plants (there I go again with spiders) which some people call airplane plants, though their babies do look like spiders, that I have planted some of them outside. They die off in the winter and come back in the spring. Once I had a poinsettia do that, but only once. Usually the winters here are too cold for a poinsettia to survive. But there was the time when I planted one from Christmas out in my backyard in the spring, and the next spring, a year later, I saw something red out in the yard and had no idea what it was. Lo and behold, it was the poinsettia I had planted a year earlier. It must have been a mild winter. I have one that’s doing very well in a pot outside, but I’ll probably bring that one in and put it in the dark in November to see it it will turn red.

I have two avocado trees in pots that I planted from pits. I’ve had them for many years and cut them back so they will fit in the house. They drop a lot of their leaves, even in the house, in the winter. I’ve been tired of lugging them back in and out of the house, since they like to be outside on mild winter days, so this year, I planted the leggier one outside in a semi sheltered area. I’m going to see it it will survive. I’ll probably cut it way back and cover it on freezing days like people do with banana trees around here. Who knows, with climate change/global warming, maybe I could grow avocados.

(Not saying climate change is good. It’s bad. And it’s real. But that’s another story.)

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Today’s prompt was “in/out.” Linda directed us to “use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like.”

Here are the SoCS rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, available at amazon.com.

26 thoughts on “Spider Plants, Avocado Trees, and Critters who Belong Outside

  1. I love that you plant avocados?! That is the coolest thing!!! I need to try that. I don’t have much of a green thumb but I would love to try my hand at that! Also, I love the picture you posted. It takes me back to quiet, calm mornings where nothing seems to be happening in the world except the sun shining and nature. Thanks for sharing ❤

    • I’m glad you liked the photo. I liked how the sun filtered in. The avocado pits ? seeds seem to grow pretty easily, though not fast at first. Some people start them in water, but I’ve started them in dirt before. If you live in a warm climate, they might grow outside year round. Not sure about how warm. The trees can get pretty big and they can make nice house plants, though they prefer to be outside if it’s not too cold. Enjoy!

  2. I love spiderplants! My mom always kept houseplants, and they grew as I did until they were pretty monstrously huge. Then she decided she was tired of them taking up so much space, and she gave them away. Sad face.

  3. I love this!

  4. Ah, I always suffer from tree envy when I read you 🙂
    Great shot of your spider. We had the abundance of orb weavers that appear early in autumn, but I am never able to get a good shot of any of them. Still, I admire them 🙂

    • I wish I could give you some trees, Joey. They can be some trouble, but they also provide homes for the critters. This photo was a lucky shot. I saw the spider in the late afternoon sun and ran in the house to get my camera. Luckily I didn’t run into the web which has been known to happen.

      • Well we do have trees, actually. *tries to count trees* two maples and two apples. It seems like more because, oh no wait, and two conifers, because our neighbor has a completely wooded lot, and that canopy extends to us quite a bit. We have lots of critters, too 🙂
        But you have like, a bazillion trees, and I do envy you that. One day I’d like to plant a row of fir trees at the back property line. Wouldn’t mind to have some others as well…got land… One day 😀

        • You got land and apple trees!! 🙂 I think it would take hours to count my trees, but my lot is not that big and I’m in denial that squirrels might be living in my attic in the winter. Shhhh.

          • Haha, when I first posted about my squirrels, someone warned me about squirrels taking over the house like that, the attic — but ours live in the very tops of trees as they should. Most of them live in my neighbor’s maple, we see them.
            The squirrels rule here. There are disadvantages, like no jack o’lanterns, they get at my apples, and our dog hunts, but for the most part, we all really enjoy them. I feed them all year, but this time of year they’re scurrying all over and I swear it’s 10x as cute. Yesterday I gave them apple slices and stale saltines, and got about a dozen photos. They come up to the porch and scratch at the door for food if I neglect them for more than a few days. I love my squirrels. But I don’t know if I love them enough to share my home…
            I remember when we were girls, my husband’s sister had squirrels next to her attic bedroom. Much noise. lol
            Good luck with that 🙂

  5. I LOVE avocados! I wish I could grow them.
    That’s one creepy spider! But it’s a lovely shot. 😀 Thanks so much for mentioning my book, JoAnna! ❤

  6. Go to http://www.sgaonline.org.au/avocados/ to see about growing avocados. I don’t know how cold your cold climate is. But check it out anyway.

    • Thanks. John. We do get frost and an occasional freeze every winter, but we will see. Interesting about the water variables. The one I planted in the yard seems to dry out easily, but the older one sharing the pot with spider plants is doing okay. That one has been in the same pot for 10 to 15 years. No fruit, but quite a survivor.

  7. I didn’t know avocados can be planted! Well.. It’s hopeless in India. We are denied the holy fruit/veggie.
    P. S. Did you click the pic? Is that your garden?

  8. What an interesting idea for writing. I guess I’m gonna have to spend some time exploring it for myself. By the way I love spider plants.

    • I was inspired by Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness prompt. You never know what’s going to come along that stream! It’s fun. Check out the link at the top of this page if you’re interested. Thanks for reading! It tend to take spider plants for granted because I have so many of them, but they are probably the hardiest plants I know.

  9. It’s amazing to see the tenacity of life sometimes– how a houseplant will adapt and seek to survive. One year I ripped up the front of the house and pulled out some ground cover so we could plant flowers. I took a wheelbarrow and dumped the pulled groundcover in the woods. The next year it was hanging on, putting new roots in the ground, figuring out its new environs. Life is amazing!

    Peace
    Michael

    • It sure is! Thanks for sharing that story, Michael. My dad’s church sells pumpkins every October. They sell hundreds, and make good money. They threw some of the rotting pumpkins in the wooded area behind the church and found pumpkins growing back there the next year. I’m sure the deer and squirrels appreciated it.

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