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RE: Pleasant PM

We got some rain this morning and mid-afternoon.  All the birds are active
as the weather is like early spring...no need for coats...just long sleeved
winter shirts.  I'm beginning to see buds on everything that usually blooms
in March or April.  I pruned my raspberries...the canes are swollen and new
leaves about to come out.  It is amazing to have such warm weather. 
Fortunately, we did not get that storm that raged across the lower southern
states.  One of my sisters felt its wrath but had little damage.  I'm
hoping that everyone else weathered through it.

Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
Remember:  The River Raisin, The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

> [Original Message]
> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> To: Garden Chat <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 1/5/2007 6:19:39 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Pleasant PM
> Nice today. In the high 70s. Squinty and I sat outside most of the 
> afternoon and watched as a bunch of guys with a crane truck removed a 
> Canary Island date palm from a neighbor's front lawn. It is a nice 
> palm--one that will likely retail for $2,500 or so--and removing it was 
> quite an operation. First they dug all around it by hand to remove the 
> sod and first foot or so of soil. Then they used a mechanical shovel to 
> root-prune it all around. Next, they lifted it out of the ground and 
> held it aloft while they wrapped the root ball with something like 
> heavy-duty saran wrap, then they laid the palm over at about a 
> 30-degree to-the-ground angle while they chain-sawed off all but a few 
> fronds around the crownshaft. Finally, they tied the crownshaft fronds 
> together into a bundle and tied the bundle to a long 2-by-6 laid 
> parallel to the palm's trunk to keep the crown from drooping, and 
> loaded it onto a trailer with a padded cradle.
> I don't know why the neighbor sold the palm. He's a snowbird and has 
> been trying to sell his house for 2 years, whenever he and his wife are 
> here, but without success. Maybe he's decided to sell the place one 
> piece at a time.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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