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3287. arkymalarky - 10/17/2005 1:45:17 AM

That reminds me. Bob interfered with survival of the fittest the other day by picking up three hitchhikers who were headed down to Louisiana to help their kids who'd been in the flood. It was two women and a man and they rode in the back of his truck (the front was packed) to his work exit and he gave them all he had--about $2 in chump change, some string cheese, a half a can of nuts and some gum.

3288. wonkers2 - 10/17/2005 3:25:51 AM

Good for him!

3289. thoughtful - 10/17/2005 4:12:51 PM

oh i read too quickly ... at first glance i thought it said
...and a gun!

3290. judithathome - 10/17/2005 5:57:02 PM

Denny looks great, thoughtful!

3291. thoughtful - 10/17/2005 6:08:43 PM


3292. ronski - 10/18/2005 7:20:30 PM


Congratulations to Denny. He looks mahvelous!

We had a total of 19 and 1/2 inches of rain last week.

But in winter there is never enough moisture available to make ten or twenty feet of snow in the Northeast in one week. I consider that sad, actually.

3293. PelleNilsson - 10/18/2005 8:06:47 PM

Denny is thriving but the colchicum has fallen on hard times.

Decay Pic No.1

3294. thoughtful - 10/18/2005 8:37:39 PM

thanks, ronski and pelle.

the colchicum is starting to look a little sad.

That's not the plant that they make saffron from is it?

3295. PelleNilsson - 10/18/2005 8:57:17 PM

No, saffron is of the crocus family, but there is a certain similarity:

The Swedish name for colchicum 'tidlösa' is strange and incomprehensible. 'tid' means 'time' and 'lösa' means 'less' in the sense of 'rootless' ('rotlösa'). So the name would imply 'timeless', but as the pic shows it is anything but.

3296. ronski - 10/18/2005 11:16:41 PM

Saffron crocus is Crocus sativus, one of the fall-blooming ones, and there are other fall bloomers as well.

Re: the colchicum, I like "timeless." I wonder what aspect of the plant it was meant to capture. Probably not the windowsill use of it. Maybe because it is fairly hardy?


Will you be able to plant it in a garden after it is finished blooming?

3297. ronski - 10/18/2005 11:25:03 PM


I see Denny is a phalaenopsis-type dendrobium. You probably don't need this since you are taking such excellent care of him yourself, but here is a link to their culture requirements, etc.

Denny's Relatives

3298. PelleNilsson - 10/19/2005 8:08:57 AM

No, we have no place to plant it.

3299. alistairconnor - 10/19/2005 10:00:56 AM

Take it to the cottage by the lake?

3300. PelleNilsson - 10/19/2005 12:05:02 PM

I don't think the soil is good enough there.

3301. thoughtful - 10/19/2005 4:59:07 PM

Thanks ronski.
I just fertilize all my indoor plants with a 6-6-6 on a monthly basis and water weekly or somewhat less frequently. Denny is in a west window and seems to be happy there. I've learned to keep the stem on him as it has in the past thrown new blossoms.

He's a fairly young plant...I've had him only about 3 years and I think his blooms will get more spectacular as he ages. Or at least that's my hope.

3302. marjoribanks - 10/20/2005 6:02:46 AM


Did you read this article on Rachel Ray?

You (and I) have been commenting about her here for years, and after reading that article, I now recognize the reasons both of our subconscious reactions to her chatty, smiley, garrulous, persona on TV. I'll spell out my theories.

1) You recognize her and warm to her instantly because she's a fellow upstate New Yorker, she's kind of a local grown-up girl scout for you, that 30 minute show could be with your young neighbour.

2) I recognize her, and roll my eyes, instantly, because she is exactly the same age as me and thus like one of my yap-yap-yap classmates in high school (I realize now that she powerfully reminds me of an ex-girlfriend, accent and all).

Whaddya think?

3303. marjoribanks - 10/20/2005 6:06:58 AM

Also, have any of you flower people read Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy, by Eric Hansen?

Doesn't deserve the excellent reviews it got, but quite an interesting story of orchid obsession, skullduggery and subterfuge.

3304. thoughtful - 10/20/2005 3:12:05 PM

marj, I read the article this a.m.

Her chatty, energetic style is fine by me...at least she's cheerful without being sappy (remember Matt & Sherri from room by room anyone?) She is the happy neighbor next door who everyone likes to invite to their party as you know the conversation will never lag with her around.

But more than anything I like the fact that for me, unlike other cooking experts, she has made really good tasting food easy and accessible. (Doesn't require you to grow grass in a pot for 3 weeks before baking the ham, or as the article said 'veal jowls'.) It fits in perfectly with the nutritional move I've made against preprocessed crap and toward real home-cooked food. My food tastes a lot better and I've become a little more adventuresome as a result of her show. And I find it easier to entertain as well and don't shy away from having people over on a week night like I used to because now the food prep is no big deal.

But my fear has been and is even more so that she's overextending herself and will totally burn out. 4 tv shows is too much. This new oprah like show seems far out to me. Her forte is cooking and she should stick with it. She'll either burn out, die of over exposure, or become martha and lose her approachability.

I also didn't realize she had that many books out...I'm going to have to go shopping!

3305. thoughtful - 10/20/2005 3:14:11 PM

I need H E L P!

I like corn muffins but the ones in the store are full of crap, so I've been trying to bake my own...corn muffins, corn bread, whatever.

But my muffins always stick to the paper so you end up with half a muffin. And for the most part they are tasteless. Seems to me when I was growing up and used to make it, it tasted a lot better.

I'm open to suggestions and recipes.

Any southern cooks out there who can lend a hand???

3306. PelleNilsson - 10/22/2005 8:23:30 PM

Decay Pic No.2

But note that the leftmost stem still displays some vigour.

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