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RE: Waiting for Ernesto

Is she flying? You can take fruit out of Florida without hassles?
Massachusetts lets it in? 
California has fits of hysteria over any agricultural product crossing
the border. I guess leaving isn't as bad but just try getting something
in. You've heard of drug dogs, we have produce dogs at the airports. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:03 AM
To: Garden Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Waiting for Ernesto

It's sunny, heat index of 95, and absolutely still outdoors.

I just went out to pick some bamboo palm seeds for a woman in
Massachusetts, and--in spite of the temperature--lingered long enough to
check out a few things.

Ms Fatma's papaya has set it's second crop and may produce a ripe one or
two fruits for her to take to Boston in November. She's traveling north
to witness the birth of her first grandchild [a girl].

The orange jasmines are now in their third bloom cycle this year--really
amazing masses of small white flowers that one can smell 100 feet away.

The Barbados cherry [aka acerola] continues to bloom and produce. In
fact, it now has more blossoms than at any time earlier this year. And
that is good. I try to eat five or six cherries a day; they have 30+
times as much vitamin C ounce for ounce as oranges, and they're tasty
besides. If I eat 10 or more, I begin to have delusions about being
Linus Pauling.

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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