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  Re: [aroid-l] New IAS website additions
From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2003.02.27 at 21:46:41(10015)
It is quite wonderful to see the enormous increases in the Web Site for
which we can all be so very gratefull to Wilbert & his Associates.

I would like to add photos of Spathiphyllum. As I think Isaid before,
Wilbert, for over ten months I have been in the single handed traumas of
major downsizing & change in where & how I live. The entire Spathiphyllum
Collection had to be moved into emergency accomodation in dead of Winter.
They have suffered very badly & I am still trying to save them all in
unfavourable conditions. Due to Planning restrictions in areas of
outstanding Natural Beauty new housing is not possible in the near future &
I can no longer afford either new investment or the past high maintenance
costs. Shedding to other "Arks" seemed the only depressing choice. The
Arks needed to be geographically close to be moved in the winter cold. I
needed to recoup some of my costs but have only had offers to "accept free"
in the Old World from Collections who wanted them also delivered free. A
Florida Tissue Culture Firm is keen to help as soon as the weather is warm
enough for transport. Meanwhile the difficulties of keeping them alive are
horrendous. As shade plants they are reacting very badly to the Sodium
Grolux lights with their infra-red content & a few may have a pathogen which
could have insinuated into the Collection possibly from tissue cultured
plants planted out previously in Florida & received as "jungle quality.
Opportunity for pathogen or pest control in the present crises housing is
minimal. Moving is one of the great traumas of Life. The continuing fight
to save the Collection has imposed enormous logistic & vocational strains on
this "one man band". I understand the seriousness behind the fun
requesting I get off my arse & do something about photos for the IAS Web
Site but I can only do what is possible according to real life priorities.
I was an idealistic Spathiphyllum specialist in my SPARE time only for a
couple of years & in that time the massive time allocated made possible the
fully paid for acquisition of the largest assemblage of different.forms in
one place maybe in history. Throughout the demands by others & myself on my
scarce time, I have tried to keep an (in)sanity saving sense of humour & fun
& will continue to do so. So I would be request understanding & to request
that emails off-line especially be motivating & that the "different" &
sometimes deeper meaning humour be carefully read & accepted in the benign
ways to you intelligent people they were written. Not only is this a
personally stressful time for which I am not inviting sympathy, but what is
happening outside aroids in the Big Wide World, is profoundly worrying to
Humanists & Environmentalists. The natural heritages of tomorrow's
children are being destroyed, they & their parents are being barbarised more
& more from all sides. We live in times when to me there maybe was never a
greater need for World Understanding & above all, hugely greater emphases on
spirituality rather than materialism through Care & Love. Aside from my
stress diffusing satire & teasing, obvious in their true meanings which
should please not be exigently read as empty frivolity, I hope you can now
understand those most profound things which have always motivated me..first.

Ron Iles

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