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Re: More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness

Apropos of this thread.... I volunteered to help clean up the median  
strips on the street that leads into Quincy from the bridge across  
the Mississippi from Missouri. They had received many complaints  
about how "weedy" it was. It had been planted in native prairie  
plants using state beautification money. Yes, there were some weeds  
(dandelion, burdock, etc) but the majority of the prairie plants -  
tons of prairie dropseed, echinacea, rudbeckia, coreopsis, etc had  
great potential, if people just have patience. I persuaded the city  
planner to give it another year and observe the plants and layout,  
and if there were still complaints, till some in the middle of the  
bed and plant something that might get the complainers off her back,  
preserving the rest. Also suggested that the complainers be invited  
to come out and contribute on the next "work day"!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 25, 2006, at 2:32 PM, james singer 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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