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Re: Weekend report

YIPES! Hope Ms Fatma is feeling better... pneumonia is
nothing to play around. How is she doing today after
the road trip... 

And it also sounds like a Happy Birthday greeting to
her is also in order... so "Happy Birthday Ms Fatma!"
Guess we already know what the gardening fairy brought
her..... :)


--- james singer <jsinger@igc.org> wrote:

> 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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