Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Bounty Of An Apricot Tree On DeGraw Street

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Carroll Gardener Jo Anne Kelly Richards was walking down DeGraw Street when she came upon a sign taped to a pole warning of  apricots falling from a tree in a side yard.   Sure enough,  branches heavy with fruit hang over the sidewalk.
Jo Anne writes:  'Over-ripe, fallen apricots rest in peace, curb side. A guy, passing by, said to me, 'I don't know why people aren't picking them up. They are $9.99 a pound." I said, "I think they are ripe when they fall, and not particularly appetizing when they land.'
Luckily, someone had set aside some of the unblemished apricots. "I saw a purple plate, on the sidewalk, beside the fence, under the apricot tree offering three perfectly ripe, local, golden fruits,'  Jo Anne says. "With gratitude for apricots, considerate neighbors, signs of falling fruit, ALL trees, conjuring up the motivation to venture out on a hot summer day, and my life in this diverse neighborhood, I adopted one of the three apricots offered."

I just walked by the tree yesterday and there are still some apricots hanging far up in the tree.  What bounty.  Thanks for pointing it out to us, Jo Anne.




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So nice. Wonder if it was planted or came from a discarded seed?

Anonymous said...

Nice?! These things have been filling the sidewalk and gutters all along DeGraw. While you are avoiding the sticky, slippery mess, you are in danger of getting hit on the head. (Hence the sign that someone posted) One fell immediately behind me last weekend.