[gardeners] night blooming cereus

c.l. avery (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 09 Sep 2002 18:04:58 +0000

Dear George,

  Glad to hear that your Navy knees have held up to the task!  The Bethesda 
Naval hospital is practically right across the street from where I live.  
The campus where it is located was closed to the public after 9/11, which is 
a shame, as it is a lovely campus with trees, a Vita pathway, picnic areas 
etc.  Plus, it housed the closest McDonald's to me!  I used to visit it 
often.  But, there is a small nuclear reactor on the base - used for medical 
experiments - and it is far better for access to it to be severely limited 
and monitored.  I always thought so, especially after some kind of 
'accident' at the reactor in the early 80's that closed the base, all the 
local streets, and sent a  radio-controlled  robot into the reactor to fix 
whatever it was that had gone wrong.  Made the local news here but not the 
national news.

  My cereus had a small -- 1 cm -- bell or cup shaped red lacey "flower" on 
one of the edges of one of the strap-like leaves last night.  Surely that is 
not what the famous good-smelling flower we've all been talking about is 
supposed to be???

Zone 7a

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