In my backyard, the only tree of substantial size is a ficus just inside the back fence. Although a boring tree (as far as trees go, and absolutely undesireable to some... it is the 'wandering fig'), the only redeeming quality of mine is that it acts as a support for a very long succulent that extends far up into its branches. Until about a month ago, I was unaware that this succulent was actually a dragonfruit. I was psyched to walk out one morning and find a small red globe protruding out of the tip of one. This discovery was made even more special when I was informed that dragonfruit do not self-pollinate. Although the plant produces rather large horsetail shapped yellow flowers several times a year, this was the first time a flower yielded a fruit. Now I am debating whether or not to get one of those brushes on a long pole to assist during the next flowering phase.
How appropriate for the upcoming new year... year of the dragon.