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Re: More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness

Never gonna work unless you educate the public in the
area. I see the sod, tree, and a few stello daylilies
in the near future.

Maybe you should write an article for the local (where
the complainers are) newspaper on what you are trying
to achieve there and the great importance it is
providing.... might want to mention it will save the
taxpayers funds too once established, no watering, no
mowing, etc....

Maybe a few signs too- native restoration in progress
type thing...


--- Cathy Carpenter <cathy.c@insightbb.com> wrote:

> 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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