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Home & Garden > Whatever Happened to Them?

Whatever Happened to Them?

Before Hurricane Irma came our way Gateway started to chop down many trees—mainly those near or against building and/or elevators—and I hated to see them go but as long as they didn’t touch the Avocado tree I wasn’t saying anything.

The Avocado tree made it through Irma without losing a branch or even a leaf so I still don’t understand why it was chopped down a few days after the storm ended. I don’t know if the Lemon tree was cut down before or after Irma but that was one of my favorites.

When I first moved into Gateway there were fruit trees all over the place. I remember picking grapefruits outside my apartment when I lived in building F. After I moved to building D it seemed almost immediately the Avocado tree started to fill up with green bulbs. Just 2-3 years ago we got about 75 beautiful, delicious Avocados and I am sure we would have gotten a new crop this or next year.


The Lime tree blossomed every year and I would check them every day and watch the process of blooms turning into real limes—hey I’m a city boy!—and I would always pick a few and use them on and in different foods, salads, veggies and liquids.

(My mistake--it was a lime tree!)


posted on Sept 27, 2017 9:00 AM ()


That's too bad. There's something luxurious about being able to pick fruit out of the yard. Is it because the owners think those fruit trees are high maintenance?
comment by troutbend on Sept 27, 2017 7:14 PM ()
That's partially it--rumor (& I don't know how true it is) is that the owners only want grass so they don't have to pay a lawn/garden maintenance crew and can just have their maintenance crew 'mow the lawns'
reply by greatmartin on Sept 27, 2017 7:33 PM ()
Pre-Irma, did you live in Eden, Martin? And did you take a lime and a coconut and drink them both up?
comment by drmaus on Sept 27, 2017 3:54 PM ()
It's still Eden--mangos and papayas all over the city ready to be picked!
reply by greatmartin on Sept 27, 2017 4:14 PM ()

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