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Weekend report

Ms Fatma has had pneumonia all this week and declared today that she had cabin fever and needed a ride in the country.

Well, ain't no country around here. So after a lengthy discussion, we settled on a visit to TropiFlora, the world-class bromeliad, orchid, aroid, cactus, succulent, et cetera nursery just north of Sarasota.

It was in shambles. We found a few things [ducking under yellow tape and walking the back roads], but when we went to check out, I casually said: "Looks like a war zone out there." Guy running the register said: "We're still trying to recover from Frances. We had 18 hours of 70 mile per hour winds." "We live," I told him, "less than 40 miles south of here and we had no destruction from Frances whatever." I don't think he believed me. We bought a bonsai ficus and a "fire stick" red pencil plant.

On the way home, and quite by accident, we discovered a new nursery and, of course, had to stop and shop. Bought only three small plants--an Algerian ivy for a hanging basket outside our back door, a variegated English ivy that we have never seen before [fantastic pattern], and a variegated cactus. All 3 to 6 inch size. But we also bought a nice Japanese pot and saucer for the bonsai ficus and a Mexican terra cotta sun that has a metal collar with sun's rays of triangular-shaped metal wire.

The Mexican terra cotta sun is Ms Fatma's birthday present. I'll post a picture after I figure out how to hang it <G>

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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