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Flower show report

The Tampa Bay Flower Show was quite nice for a first-time affair. But no t-shirts and no plumeria, and the only fat plants to be found were in Tropiflora's booth. And I would rather go to their nursery [a few miles up the road from the plantation] and pour through acres of plants than pick through a few dozen plants they brought to the show. That's especially true for fat plants where "character" is a--if not the--critical element. So the only things I bought were a bottle of water and a CD of Andean [in this case Peruvian] pipe music. I'm a sucker for Andean bamboo pipe players; must have a dozen CDs.

Also as soon as I got there, I ran into two women from work, so we more or less toured the place together. One of the women is in a wheelchair [fell off her horse and broke both bones in her right leg], so she got to blaze trails for us though the crowds.

Anyway, I ended up sitting through three demonstration lectures on Ikebana. At first, I thought I would likely pass out or nod off before we got 2 minutes into the first one, but I was surprised to discover it was actually very interesting. With its precision and rules and subdued creativity, I'm sort of surprised that it's not a guy thing, actually.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10

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