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Re: native plants

My take on this is a bit contrary. I think she should definitely go and dig. But I don't think she should waste her time with natives--after all, if they're native they're native. What she should be looking for are exotics--things the woman brought into her environment because she loved and cherished them. Finding some cool heirloom roses or hydrangeas is much more exciting than finding yet another Cornus florida.

On Apr 3, 2005, at 5:38 PM, Theresa wrote:

Holy cow! Go for it. I wish I was there, I'd go with you. Bring a shovel, heavy duty plastic bags, and a truck! Youmay find nother, but you may find LOTS of stuff too! Send us a report when you return


Donna wrote:

I know a few of you are into native plants so.... to make an extremely long
story into cliff notes- (em, pay attention, drifting thoughts)

A friend of mine inherited an old farm house with 40 acres. Most of this has
been farmed, but the house area is wooded and has not been touched in over
50 years. He is having the entire area bulldozed on Wednesday so I don't
have much time.
Thoughts on whether I should take a ride out there today (about an hour and
half from home) and view what could be there? Since nothing has been cleaned
up, I would have to id plants from dead clippings... doubt a lot would be
visibly growing now.

And then there is the house- no one has been in it for over 50 years. My
friend has no idea what if anything is in there, as he has never step foot
inside. He figures if anything worthwhile was there, someone probably stole
it years ago...hum.. the curiosity bug got me on this. So I attempted to
suggest he go out there and see what's what before sending the bulldozers,
he handed me the keys and said - have at it-
What to do......

Who feels there is a good chance of a lot of heirloom stuff in that house,
since his deceased wife's mother was murdered in that house. No one has been
inside since then......gonna be kind of creepy in there :)

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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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