Purple people eater angel trumpet plant seeds
I have been so bad at getting myself into the computer
room and writing like I should. Before I write more and forget it, you
can use whatever you want of the emails I write you for your pages. I
feel honored that you find what I write interesting enough for your
publication. I love reading your work.
I guess it must depend on the territory about the
butterflies I was referring to. These were the monarch butterflies that
we picked out of our front grill and scraped off the windshield and in
the northwest part of Ohio.
|I am currently nursing along some seedlings for a
"Purple People Eater Angel Trumpet" and if the seeds are true
to the parent plant I will have some to share. They are beautiful on my
parent plant. Dark purple with a double ruffle that has white on the
inside of the trumpet. I wish I had a digital camera to post a photo of
my parent plant.
I had some thoughts that came to mind when I was reading about the Texas Bluebonnets along the roadways. I used to think that this was such a wonderful thing until this summer when we went north to Michigan. On our way we passed through an area that had some gorgeous patches of wild flowers and I was oohing and aahing until all of a sudden it was like we were in a rainfall but the hits on our windshield weren't the pitter-patter of raindrops but the pitiful death of beautiful butterflies and bees and who knows what else. I felt sick about this and now don't look with glee at those patches but wonder how many beneficial insects and possibly birds are being lured to an untimely death by windshield in these areas. We should instead encourage public land spaces away from roadways be the recipients of these plantings. [ Just my personal feelings on the subject for what it is worth.]
| I am so sorry I have been remiss on my email in
the past month. Since Wilma we have been inundated with a flood of
outside chores to try to get things back to a little semblance of order
in the yard. What a mess!!!!! I have been planting all the coconuts that
we gleaned off the trees prior to the Wilma hitting us and eventually
these will sprout and do a wee bit of good with trying to reestablish
the canopy that has been neglected by our county for the past 20 years.
Now Florida is paying the price of the wanton cutting of trees to
produce a concrete jungle. We have heated up our earth and now must pay
the piper. I have been preaching this forever and have been planting
acorns, butternuts and walnuts up in Michigan since the 80's and that
100 acres of farm there are really beautiful with those hardwoods along
all the hedgerows. Down here it is avocados, mangos, citrus, coconut
palms and papaya and bananas. I try to do my part. Only wish more people
would. When one looks around it is surprising where one might be able to
tuck a tree or two.
I am right now really being thrown for a loop with a very stubborn chest cold. I was given it, much to my chagrin, by my husband. I never paid much attention to his stubborn ways until he came down with the very same cold over Thanksgiving. While trying to keep from catching this thing, I began to REALLY notice how slack Bill was with containing all his sneezes, wheezes, coughs and belches. He likes to share everything. I would have rather he hadn't been so generous.
I am having to replant all my seeds that I planted a month ago. Some of the little seedlings were gobbled up by the cuban iguanas that live around here but I had been very copious in sewing the seeds so some thinning by them was expected and dealt with in that way. One thing I hadn't expected was our temps suddenly jumping back up to the humid middle 80's that we have been having. Of course this sudden tropical temps and humidity took their toll and my plants damped off. ARRRGGHHHH!!!! It is 85 today but I am looking toward the cool down we are supposed to have next week to the upper 70's and some dryer air. This time of the year is supposed to be our dry season and finally it might be here to stay next week as it should have been all last month.
Well I had better get this letter wrapped up and off for I lost the last one I wrote earlier because of my computer rebooting just out of the blue. I am using windows ME and it gets very temperamental and unstable very easily. My dial up provider has been giving me fits of disconnecting every few minutes and it was just one of those disconnect times that the old computer just said that is that and gave the proverbial cold shoulder responses and poof your letter was toast. I finally have it back on line so will not push my luck here and more than I have so far.
So good to hear from you and give my love and hopes and wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.