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ZEL
ZEL
Massachusetts, United States
I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN 77 YRS. OLD, WIDOW AND RECOVERED FROM COLON & LIVER CANCER, I HOPE.
AS OF 12/11/09 I AM STILL CANCER FREE. HAD LIVER SURGERY ON 11/14/08. THE CHEMO ALMOST KILLED ME WITH REALLY BAD SIDE EFFECTS, STILL SOME RESIDUAL NUMBNESS IN FINGERS AND TOES THAT I GUESS WILL REMAIN.
I WANTED TO POST WHAT MY OTHER INTERESTS ARE BUT THAT PART WILL NOT OPEN. MY MAIN INTEREST IS GROWING AFRICAN VIOLETS AND I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. I HAVE 4 PLANT STANDS IN MY FAMILY ROOM WITH GROWING LIGHTS, AND HAVE ABOUT 200 PLUS PLANTS. MY FAVORITES ARE THE SEMIMINI GROWING VIOLETS AND THE VARIEGATED LEAF VARIETIES. THIS IS ONE OF THE ONLY PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE BLOOMS ON ALL YEAR ROUND EVEN WHEN IT IS FREEZING OUTSIDE. I BELONG TO AVSA (AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY OF AMERICA), BAY STATE AVS (MASSACHUSETTS), AND AN AFFILIATE GROUP OF BAY STATE, ALL SEASON AFRICAN VIOLET CLUB WHICH MEETS THE 3RD WED. OF EVERY MONTH. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ROSES BUT THE GROWING SEASON HERE IS SHORT, SORRY TO SAY. MY DAUGHTER LIVES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND HER ROSE BUSHES ARE HUGE, BIG FAT CANES AND HUGE ROSES THAT I DON'T GET HERE, AND SHE HAS OCEANA THAT I CAN'T GROW HERE, EXCEPT FOR MY 2 BETTY PRIOR BUSHES THAT ARE AT THE FRONT FOUNDATION OF MY HOUSE NEAR 2 CLEMATIS VINES, LOTS OF RHODODENDRUMS & JAPANESE JUNIPERS (PROCUMBENS NANAS). MY ROSE BUSHES ARE IN MY FLOWER GARDEN IN BACK, AND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY HOUSE.

5/30/12---HERE I AM AGAIN IN 2012. TWO YEARS AGO I BOUGHT MINT JULEP (UGH-BUD GRAFTED, BARE ROOT, AND PLANTED IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOUSE. BUT, TO MY DISTRESS, WE HAD SO MANY BUNNY RABBITS THAT THEY ATE THE LEAVES OFF OF MY NEW ROSE BUSHES, DESPITE SPRAYING THEM. THE NEXT YEAR (2011) THEY DID NOT LEAF UP-DEAD. NOW I DON'T KNOW OF ANYONE EXCEPT VILLAGE ROSES. I SEARCHED BUT DID NOT SEE THIS PLANT. LEFT A REQUEST WITH THEM.
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