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Re: More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness

I have mixed feelings about native plants-capes, especially in roadway medians and islands. Venice's main "gate" on the north end of town was, for years, landscaped with natives. Truthfully, it looked like an unimproved vacant lot at best and a weed patch at worst. Maybe if there were no vacant lots or weed patches around to liken it to, it might have been perceived differently. Now, because they're widening the road, the native plantings have been ripped out; new landscape plans are yet to be announced.

Of interest, the main highway through town used to be more or less lined with a mismatched collection of native sabal palms. About 2 years ago, the sabals were ripped out and replaced with matching "Medjool" date palms [imported from California].

On Apr 29, 2006, at 10:53 AM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 4/26/06 2:44:34 PM, cathy.c@insightbb.com writes:

It had been planted in native prairie
plants using state beautification money.

Cathy, our community had prairie plantings on center road isles. City hall
had so many complaints for several yrs and they finally removed them last yr &
replaced with some shrubs, grass & bricks.
The main purpose of the plantings was to reduce mowing which the city has
acres to mow. I must say prairie plantings make sense but not in a center
of vast area of cement.

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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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