Bea’s dog, cherimoya, and ag crime enforcement

This will be another post with topics all over the map. I would think that it’s odd enough that it can’t be generated by Artificial Intelligence, though I may be wrong.

I have been visiting Bea, so first I must share some gratuitous shots of her dog. Bea always dislikes it when people (the vet, the groomer, whoever) refer to her as the dog’s mom, as if she birthed the pup. It does seem strange to have a dog sister. The pup has a yin-yang pattern on one side, and her tail is half black, half white. I saw this shot one day, but of course, pup moved when I stuck my phone at her. But I got it on another day, AND she even looked at me.

Bea is more accepting of people referring to her plants (vs. a dog) as her babies. She has at least five cherimoya trees in her Garden of Bea’s Bounty. The more mature ones have been heavily pruned. Bea is always conscientious about keeping her plants on her side of the fences. Four of the trees have been flowering, so I’ve been pollinating. Even here in So Cal where there will be many months with no rain, I have to take mosquito precautions (long pants, long sleeves). There’s no rain, but Bea waters. (She did let me remove bromeliads, i.e., mosquito breeders. I filled two large compost bins.) I just step outside, and I can pollinate. I don’t have to walk down into the rocky coffee land, and I don’t have rain as an excuse not to do it. Our cherimoya in Kona isn’t mature enough yet to be flowering, but I’ve been toying with pollinating the rollinia (in the same annona genus as cherimoya). The appropriate times, though, are mosquito times.

Anyway, here I was just following Bea’s instructions, but then I had some questions and did some light web searching. I found this great article about cherimoya pollination from a presentation done for the California Rare Fruit Growers (Bea’s a lifetime member). In the document it says, “When the flowers first open up at the female stage, you have about 24 hrs before it becomes a male flower. The male stage lasts only about 1 hr to 1 ½ hr …” When I read that and I see these ephemeral male flowers, I feel like I HAVE to do something about it, like collect pollen. And then I have to be a bee/Bea and pollinate. I imagine months later Mom will report to me about MY cherimoya babies.

In coffee news, there were a few media blips highlighting the problems with enforcing the change to Hawaii’s coffee labeling laws. No big surprise there! Here’s the article in audio and text, “Inspector shortage could make new coffee labeling laws a challenge to enforce” from Hawai’i Public Radio.

And speaking of enforcement, a month ago I shared about the agricultural theft that was happening at Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Someone had, I guess, quickly acted and put up cameras in the garden. Just a few weeks ago, a perp got caught on camera, large tool in hands, digging, and he looked right at the camera. Yay! That’s something. I experienced a certain sense of satisfaction to have an image of who this individual is, what he was wearing, what he was doing. I guess it’s probably similar to what homeowners feel when they catch their package thief on video. I believe law enforcement is overwhelmed with videos of thefts and thieves. In this case, I don’t yet know more, e.g., if he was apprehended. We can hope.

Last news tidbit … UH was spotted in Kailua with a cattle egret. I have a dog as a sister. But Bea has a cow as a brother. Ha ha! Just kidding, Uncle Harold (UH)!

4 thoughts on “Bea’s dog, cherimoya, and ag crime enforcement

  1. Enjoyed your post immensely, as usual. Sent the cherimoya pollinating instruction to my brother as he just bought a tree and will be planting it this week. Thanks! ♥️

  2. Oh the cherimoya pollination window is so interesting! Keep us updated about what happens later on for your “babies” 😉

    1. Bea doesn’t spend too much time on the farm, maybe a week or two a year. She’s not fond of traveling and doesn’t like to leave her plant babies or dog too long.

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