I've undertaken a gardening project which has earned me a bit of derision, even from my 92 year old mother. Every Friday afternoon I take her to have her hair done near the intersection of Briarcliff and Lavista roads. While I'm waiting, I explore the businesses in the area. I almost always browse in a local garden center. Yesterday, I noticed three forlorn Paw Paw trees against a fence in the back. The manager of the garden center told me that he wouldn't sell them, as they had never "leafed out". I noticed that one of the three was producing root suckers (the primary way Paw Paws reproduce), and asked him what sort of deal he'd cut me if I took full responsibility. In other words I wouldn't try to return them if they died. I got a 75% discount, bringing them to just over five dollars each.
The Paw Paw in a native north American plant in the custard apple family. It produces edible fruit, and does well in the shade. I'd considered planting paw paws in our back yard, but had never followed through with the plan. Now I am the proud owner of three paw paws of somewhat questionable viability. My plan is to plant them near a stream in our back yard, and patiently nurse them back to health (assuming they were ever in good health to begin) with. I'll post a progress report here.