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June 3, 2014

Ode to a parachute plant

It’s also called a spider plant. The parachutes, or spiders, hang from the mother ship like skydivers, or spiders dangling from tiny, almost invisible, silk strands.

I was given the parachute plant by my florist neighbor five years ago, when I purchased a Russian Olive tree. Parachute plants were free that day, with any purchase. They were tiny, and nestled in a plastic cup of fake soil. I brought it home, sat it in the windowsill of my studio, and forgot it.

When I noticed it again, it was looking peaked, so I watered it and, for good measure, stuffed it into a small pot. It took off like it was flying.

Three new stems, or runners, branched out, searching for light. “Cool,” I thought. When the stems got a little longer, with obvious shoots (tiny parachutes), and finger roots looking for soil, I brought in a couple more small pots.

I placed the parachutes in the additional pots, wondering if I was doing the right thing. But the instinct of a one-time farm boy told me I was.

Voila! In no time, I had a fairly respectable, bushed out, parachute plant, with tiny parachutes dive bombing through space like the 4th of July. I was rather proud of it, and named her Brunhilda.

Brunhilda began looking a little pale, with lots of her leaf-ends turning brown. Once again, farm-boy instinct kicked in. The term, “root bond,” came to mind. I found an old tub, and filled it with potting soil. When I tried to remove Brunhilda from her pots, I discovered roots protruding through the bottom hole. Yep, just as I suspected. I had to damage some roots in setting her free, but she seemed to understand. The entire pot was filled with a mass of wet, mushy roots.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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