Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Australia: LOUISE ROLLMAN's Chinaberry is surviving though there has been a major flood

"Hey Hiroshi


Further to my last email, have taken a portrait. About this time last year my plants sprouted. Earlier this week my city was flooded (I think the city is usually the blurry mass in the background of my images). It's been a big week and an anxious wait. The river, which winds through the city and past my backyard swelled and broke its banks. Where I'm standing, earlier this week I'd of been standing under water (the paved path isn't usually covered with thick river mud etc).

Am safe. In my area the river receded quickly and we've been able to start cleaning up. However, many areas are still affected. For further info and images http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/12/3111441.htm And/or to donate http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html"

Kind regards


LOUISE ROLLMAN



A letter that came before the flood---------------------

"Hey Hiroshi

I've been meaning to email for the longest time. Actually, within weeks of my last email. Am happy to report that all of my plants are doing really well, in fact they're thriving.

All except one of the seeds you'd sent had sprouted. The Chinaberries probably got to about 10cm, whereas the Parasols just seemed to struggle. The Parasols very briefly had small leaves, but when they lost their leaves the stems never dried out or appeared entirely dead, they always remained green. So I was just waiting to see. But it was particularly concerning when the Chinaberries started to look like the Parasols. The last time I emailed, the Chinaberries were becoming rather ominious sticks. But then inexplicably, everything changed. And now, even the Parasols are doing well. 

Have just snapped and attached a couple of images (Chinaberries are now 30cm tall). Know you'd like an image of us with them, but am sending these in the interim."


Kind regards
LOUISE ROLLMAN

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