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RE: website/orders


I think you said it right on the mark in your email - 
although you are not primarily a mail order business, you will take orders
and ship plants, so if interested, please contact you for details including
available selection and pricing.

something like that???  Makes it clear you are not mainly an on-line
retailer, but that you would be open to a mail order request.  Also, not
having prices listed makes the site more of an informative focus than a
sales focus.  

And another question, not regarding your website though.  Your pictures
really do have me coveting one/some of those plants.  I would have to keep
it potted so I could bring it indoors, or keep it indoors, but your care and
feeding section has me thinking I could probably succeed with it.  Now the
key question:  anybody know if hibiscus are poisonous to felines?

Maryland zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: David Franzman
To: Garden
Sent: 3/10/2003 10:35 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Thank you!


First, I think that most of you know this but let me repeat myself for 
those who don't know me as well as others.  By showing you the website 
I'm not in any way soliciting for business on this list.  You are all my

virtual friends and I don't like selling my friends.  In fact, I've 
given these plants to my friends particularly the ones who have helped 
me in the last couple of years.  I sold insurance for a very short 
time...months...because those are the people they want you to sell to.

Now having said that we (sorry I've used we and I in this letter) really

appreciate the feedback, suggestions and compliments for the site. 
 Linda (the wife unit) said "What a great group of people!"  We've 
written all the suggestions down and I can't think of a solitary one 
that wasn't on the mark.  So, just to tell you, we will:

Make the thumbnails smaller to accomodate those with less than DSL:

The main page will have something that states we are talking of  
Tropical Hibiscus

Make it clear where we're located

Somehow indicate the size of the blooms  (anywhere from 5-11")

Double check my pronouns

I'm also going to soften the invitation to the greenhouse.  It's not 
really meant to be a retail outlet.  Some traffic is ok but not a 
constant stream.  That may have been too enticing.  Not for you folks 
though...you can come anytime you'd like.

Make it clear we're not a "store" however, we do ship and do take

Which brings up another question:  I don't want it to be a store like 
Amazon or some online nurseries.  Too many headaches.  I do ship though 
and would take an order over email or the phone.  Can anybody think of a

good way to say that?  Besides I promised the guy I bought the starts 
from that I wouldn't compete with him with online business and also I 
like the personal contact anyway better than annoymous orders.

Please, if anybody has any other suggestions or comments I/we would love

to hear them.

Thanks again.


David Franzman

A Touch of the Tropics


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