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Neighborhood News Roundup: Vegetative Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

Neighborhood News RoundupWhen The Lilacs Last In the Dooryard Disappear'd, Press Edition: The Cleveland Park lilac thief has gone citywide! Well, sort of. A Tuesday Washington Post story, "Flower bandit filches Cleveland Park blooms," moves the villain's story off the neighborhood's email list and into a larger realm of knowledge. The Post takes a crack at identifying the thief, to no real avail: "So who is this man, and why does he do it? Theories abound. Some believe the flower thief sells the blooms to local restaurants. Others suspect he might be selling to local florists. Many surmise that, since he seems to knows the gardens of Ward 3 so well, he must live in the area. 'One wonders: If he loves flowers so much, why doesn’t he just grow them himself?' Berry said. In response to the reports, police in the area say they have stepped up patrols around the Newark Street garden." The article also reports that residents claim the lilac bandit has been snatching flowers for a decade.

A Nice-Smelling Barter: "I am a hilleast neighbor and soapmaker. Walking around these days, I see many of our gardens are bursting (or about to) with lavender blossoms," writes a member of the New Hill East email list. "If a few of you out there are willing to share a fistful (perhaps 1-2 dozen floral spikes) of lavender with me, I will trade you a few bars of soap or perhaps some hand lotion made with your lavender. We can discuss!" Look out, Brooklyn, D.C. is catching up in the artisanal soap department.

Grow Your Own Mystery Tomatoes: From the Brookland email list comes this offer: "I've got extra tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini plants – all VERY ready to plant (they all have blossoms on them), and healthy. Started from organic seeds in organic potting mix. No herbicides/pesticid es used on 'em. Caveat: I don't know what kind of tomatoes will be produced – a storm knocked over my seedling shelf, and they all got mixed up. They will either be grape, plum, or slicing tomatoes. All are vfn, mosaic-virus resistant hybrids."

Boug-Unveiling: "Can any one give me tips on selecting and growing Bougainvillea in this temperate zone?" writes a member of the Georgetown email list. Though the post-Memorial Day heat wave we've experienced in D.C. sure doesn't feel temperate, it's best to prepare those bougainvilleas for all types of weather.

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