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Re: More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness


Is there anything left that could possibly start growing again?  If so, it
might be worth getting a permanent label to ward off any more ignorant
pruners.


> [Original Message]
> From: Jesse Bell <silverhawk@flash.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 4/25/2006 3:44:10 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness
>
> OH MY GOOOOSHHHHHHHHHH.  Will it ever end?  I am appalled.
>   
>
> james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
>   Last evening I got an e-mail from a reporter in the Venice bureau of 
> the Sarasota Herald. She found me via "Dave's Garden." She wanted to 
> know if she could quote something I'd written on DG about night 
> blooming cereus. Then she asked me if I was aware of what had happened 
> to one of 80-year-old night blooming cereus plants in an older 
> neighborhood on Venice island. I said I wasn't.
>
> Turns out that a woman, Ms. Ruth, now in her 80s, "planted" night 
> blooming cereus on two palm trees [Phoenix canariensis] in the median 
> in front of her house in the mid-1940s. I don't know which genus of NBC 
> they are--they're an epiphyte and their vegetative body is cylindrical, 
> about the diameter of a hot dog but in much longer stems. For the last 
> 30 or so years, the annual blooming of these two plants has been 
> occasion for a block party; many neighbors gathered in Ms. Ruth's front 
> courtyard at sundown and waited until the cacti flowers open.
>
> Last year, the reporter told me, the assembled neighbors counted more 
> than 200 blooms. It must have been beyond glorious.
>
> About a week ago, a young city park's department employee cut the NBC 
> off one of the palms before he could be stopped. "I was told to clean 
> up street trees," he said. "And I thought this one was ugly." Here are 
> two pictures I took this AM; one is of the remaining "ugly" tree, the 
> other is of the beautified tree. If you know anything about pruning P. 
> canariensis, you'll find the beautified tree looks like it was trimmed 
> by Freddy Krueger.
>
> http://snipurl.com/pnxg
>
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
>
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