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Re: More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness

Problem is common sense isn't common anymore.  More's the pity.

On 4/25/06, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
> Education just doesn't seem valued anymore.  Just hire somebody for as
> little as possible, give 'em a deadly weapon and turn 'em loose.  Why
> bother
> to train or teach?  Why spend more money for someone who knows what
> they're
> doing?   I have seen several travesties here, but none so bad as this Jim.
> Being a northerner, I might not have known what it was, but would have
> understood that it was a deliberate planting - matched pair and all.
> Instead of just hacking away, why not take a moment and f.....g ASK!!!!
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 3:32 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness
> > Last evening I got an e-mail from a reporter in the Venice bureau of the
> > Sarasota Herald. She found me via "Dave's Garden." She wanted to know if
> > she could quote something I'd written on DG about night blooming cereus.
> > Then she asked me if I was aware of what had happened to one of
> > 80-year-old night blooming cereus plants in an older neighborhood on
> > Venice island. I said I wasn't.
> >
> > Turns out that a woman, Ms. Ruth, now in her 80s, "planted" night
> blooming
> > cereus on two palm trees [Phoenix canariensis] in the median in front of
> > her house in the mid-1940s. I don't know which genus of NBC they
> > are--they're an epiphyte and their vegetative body is cylindrical, about
> > the diameter of a hot dog but in much longer stems. For the last 30 or
> so
> > years, the annual blooming of these two plants has been occasion for a
> > block party; many neighbors gathered in Ms. Ruth's front courtyard at
> > sundown and waited until the cacti flowers open.
> >
> > Last year, the reporter told me, the assembled neighbors counted more
> than
> > 200 blooms. It must have been beyond glorious.
> >
> > About a week ago, a young city park's department employee cut the NBC
> off
> > one of the palms before he could be stopped. "I was told to clean up
> > street trees," he said. "And I thought this one was ugly." Here are two
> > pictures I took this AM; one is of the remaining "ugly" tree, the other
> is
> > of the beautified tree. If you know anything about pruning P.
> canariensis,
> > you'll find the beautified tree looks like it was trimmed by Freddy
> > Krueger.
> >
> > http://snipurl.com/pnxg
> >
> > 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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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