Saturday, February 19, 2011

Who can tell what will take root....

On our windowsill we have a two week old custard apple fruit growing on a plant which doesn't look strong enough to take its weight. Three years back, the plant was in a seed which my son planted after consuming the fruit. I never expected it to germinate, much less to bear fruit. But against all odds, it did. I know the birds are unlikely to let us taste the fruit, but who cares? We have a fruit-bearing tree.

What's amazing is that none of the saplings we bought survived. Who can tell what will take root and what wouldn't?
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Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a wonderful reminder that you never know what may become of something very small. That is such important "food for thought." And thanks for that lovely 'photo, too.

Jan Morrison said...

I hope the birds tithe you at least one apple! I love what volunteers in a garden - what survives against the odds.

Mary Vaughn said...

A analogy of a child's mind perhaps? Treat them gently because you never know what will take root.

slommler said...

Much as life...yes!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

When it comes to plants, that's usually what happens.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot- absolutely. We planted so many seeds. Only one grew into a plant, and that plant actually bore fruit. Who knows who is capable of what?

@ Jan- I too hope so. But even if they don't I am happy enough feeding them.

@ Mary- that's a great analogy. Never even thought of it.

@ SueAnn- absolutely.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Alex- we cross posted. Yes, absolutely. And all the time.

Meera said...

Your son must be absolutely thrilled.

We have a basil plant, and suddenly I see a shoot of a tree coming up. The tree is quite a few feet away from my balcony. Wonder how it got there!

Jemi Fraser said...

Must have had something to do with your son's love & hope! :)

Ella said...

Rayna, I so agree we never know.
How exciting for your family to witness this, so fun~

dipali said...

This is wonderful! And what a beautiful photograph too.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Meera- you bet he is!!!
And basil seeds are made to be dispersed by the wind. It must have flowered and seeded when you were not looking, and self propogated. Or, you could ask your kids if they have something to do with it.

@ Jemi- absolutely. He just loves his plants.

@ Ella- the only thing is, my younger one loves the fruit so much, he insists on kissing it every morning. To do so, he has to pull the plant towards him, and I am scared the stem might break.

@ Dipali- I love plants that spring up from seed. And thank you- I love the photograph too.


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