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Re: FW: noah and the hibiscus

> Hope you didn't mind that I share this with you.
not mind?  We've been waiting to hear!

> and everyone of my plants had been washed out the back door.
Not sure I understand.  Had the back door been left open?  If not, I would
have expected the pots to float around WITHIN the greenhouse.

Glad to hear David was able to save over half.  I wonder if any of those not
saved will take hold, wherever, and amaze someone down the road or along the
stream.  Big 10 inch gorgeous flowers appearing magically.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tchessie" <tchessie@comcast.net>
To: "GardenChat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 11:34 PM
Subject: [CHAT] FW: noah and the hibiscus

> A message from DF to you all !
> Theresa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Franzman [mailto:dfranzma@pacbell.net]
> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 8:20 PM
> To: Tchessie
> Subject: noah and the hibiscus
> Theresa, would you be so kind as to send this along.  That will save me
> the frustration of trying to get on to Gardenchat again.  As you know I'm
> handicapped when it comes to computers.
> Hi folks
> Hope  you are all well.  I miss the list.  Thought I would share another
> saga in the story of the neophyte nursery guy.  I was in the midst of
> filling my third greenhouse.  We have roughly 7,500 sq. ft. and right now
> about 6,000 plants in various stages of growth.  I had just received a
> shipment of 1,000 in 4" pots which my kids took out of the boxes and since
> we didn't have tables in this new greenhouse they put them on the gravel
> floor.  The very next day we received somewhere in the neighborhood of 6"
> rain in two days.  (Theresa and Barbara I don't how much you received but
> got drenched.)
> There is a small feeder stream within 15 yards of this greenhouse no. 3
> I was assured several times over the last year and a half that they didn't
> flood.  After these rains of biblical proportions subsided I went back to
> check on my plants and they were gone.  All 1,000!  Not one still in the
> Upon further investigation I opened the back door and it looked like
> somebody had thrown my plants out the door.  I suspected vandals.
> vandals but vandals nonetheless.  My plants were strewn around outside the
> back door all facing in the same direction.  Looking closer it seemed that
> my vandals on steroids even went to the trouble of covering the plants in
> mud and flotsam.  I was steaming mad.  Who would do this to me and for
> reason I was asking myself.
> As I kept looking I saw one of my plants in a tree overhanging the creek
> about head height intermixed with dead grass and other stuff.  It finally
> dawned on this Sherlock Holmes that maybe we had had a flood and that each
> and everyone of my plants had been washed out the back door.  After
> to the others here in the neighborhood apparently a wall of water over 2'
> high came through from the vineyards that surround the property and washed
> right through my gh.
> To make this long story longer my wife came and we began to dig the plants
> out of the rubbish.  We found some over 300 yards away in the vineyards.
> had to dig them out some buried over a foot deep in mud and stuff.  We
> spot a little green here or a pot there or even an identification marker
> there we would dig.  I told my wife we needed a Hibiscus sniffing dog.
> of the plants were intertwined in berry bushes which were unmerciful with
> their thorns.  We did manage to find about 750 of the original 1,000 of
> which we will probably resituate maybe 650.  It definitely could have been
> worse.
> The next day we built tables and potted up the survivors.  Good thing too
> because just last weekend we had another foot of water in the gh after
> another 3" of rain.  When I asked the women I lease from about the water
> reply was...get this...it was really not a flood.  The water just moves
> right on through.  Ok, I'm a little confused by the subtle difference but
> I'm sure there is one.  Anyway she is such a nice lady that I can't be mad
> at her.
> Hope you didn't mind that I share this with you.  Life continues to be an
> interesting voyage.
> David Franzman

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