You probably know that it is wise to do what mom asks you to do. No matter how old or young you are, when mom calls with something that needs to be done, you make time to do it. This applies doubly for grandmothers.
Some years back now, I think the girls were toddlers, but I can't be sure of that, Grandma Kerby decided that she wanted an orange tree. And since at the time she was in her late 90s, it couldn't be a tiny tree, it needed to be something that would give her fruit fast. So, Kim and I picked out a tree and made plans to get it to her house and plant it. It was a beautiful tree, already loaded with fruit, but it was kind of heavy and needed a deep hole to get it planted well.
As we were picking out the spot for the tree, trying to navigate between the shade cast by grandpa's pecan trees, I saw grandma dragging an old plastic chair over to the spot. I asked what she was doing, and she told me she wanted to watch me plant it. So, as I dug a three-foot hole, she sat, not five feet away from me, giving pointers and watching my efforts. At some point, her chair was so close that it was almost in the backswing of my shovel! Didn't seem to bother her, she was determined to feel like she was participating, and it was clear she planned to keep sitting right where she was. I got her tree planted and learned a few lessons along the way. Most importantly, let grandma do and sit where she wants to. The picture below isn't from that day, but it is of Grandma Kerby with Kim, giving about the same look that she had while watching me plant.
This story was on my mind this week, because at our garden center, we are featuring tropical fruit trees. I wish there were fruits and edibles that grew well indoors, but sadly almost all of them need to be outdoors in the bright sunlight. But don't worry, today's online restock includes lots of plants that will grow well indoors. Plants go live at noon EST. With the weather warming all over the country, it's a great time to have happy, health plants delivered right to your front door. After all, Home is Where Your Plants Are®.