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Sue Bordner
I suspect that it is at least 60 years old.

Glorious grapefruit plant

This is a grapefruit plant grown from my mother’s breakfast grapefruit when I was just a child. Since I’m now 77 years old, I suspect that it is at least 60 years old.

When Mom got too infirm to haul it in and out of the house for its summer in the sun, she told me she was going to have to let it freeze. Horrified, I told her we couldn’t let that happen; so I loaded it in my car, and it’s resided with me ever since.

One year, when I’d had a hip replacement, I couldn’t get it outside for its summer dose of sun and rain – and it barely made it through until the next spring. In the meantime, I’ve purchased a heavy-duty appliance dolly and some bungee cords, and (as you can see) it’s returned to its former glory

Sue Bordner lives in Fort Wayne.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)