Spanning the globe with frequent and once in a while readers. I am interested in collecting, propagating plants, landscape management practices, ecology, environment, flora/fauna, in essence Nature. This blog is written in a blunt, abrasive fashion with consistent critical views on these subjects and others that may be related...or not.

viernes, 20 de febrero de 2009


COLLECTING plants often requires moving them as they grow, since you never know the growing habits of plants/seeds collected around the isle, from a rural environment to the urban context.

Some are moved to areas with less sun exposure, to shade and humid prone sides of the house. Or the opposite. This is true for plants that were planted on soil or those
in pots. The movement takes place after monthly observation to a best suitable surrounding.

Thus a succulent bought during our stay in Brooklyn, in 1990, kept inside apartments
for thirteen years, later in a fiberglass regtangular pot for five in our concrete/asphalt
isle, is now in the south side of the house beside a three feet high Oregano and a Turnera ulmifolia, one of my signature bushes. This plant is the only one that has survived from many cacti and others bought from catalogues or small nurseries in New York City.

Which reminds me of Mel Kurman, a hebrew accountant I met when working for the
NYS Comptrollers Office. This character, with a great sense of humor as many hebbes I met during my time in the Apple, gave me a Ficus pumila propagated from stems in water. I kept it in a pot for around five years until I started working as a groundskeeper in Trujillo Alto, with fraudulent people in the Luis Munhoz Marin Foundation. Alberto Areces Mallea, with more titles than the Duchess of Alba; (intellectual author of the operation) detested Ficus in particular, among fruit trees and other exotic plants.

Thanks to this jerk and wife the incredible stupidity and ignorance about propagating, planting, pruning, integrated pest control, I coined the concept ENDEMISMOTRASNOCHADO and they also helped with the other one PENDEJISMO PAISAJISTA. At any rate, I planted the
Mel Kurman Ficus about two hundred feet from the water well, built to irrigate the silly ill planned endemic tree park with a four hundred feet hose, (believe it or not) mentioned more than once in this humble blog.

One signficant bush, Brumfelsia pauciflora was moved from the east sunny side to the north. Soon after, the dry environment was changed to the shady one, this strange bush flowered and has kept a nice pace with it. Also known as Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, is not over used in the worn, lame, dull landscapes that overwhelm
Puerto Rico.

There are other plants with stories of migration for the future. Time to go.

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