A Friend of the Earth

In Memorium

Robert B. Ragland

April 29, 1920 - September 27, 2012


Plant of the Month

Friends gathering to remember Bob Ragland - September 30, 2012:

It is not enough to tinker with the machinery of our civilization, of our economy. We must re-invent the human race, must revise our pre-conceived notions, alter our world-view, radically change our thinking, be born anew as plain members of the Earth community, alter our relations with the other members and recognize our dependence on them. We must hold this up before ourselves and before others as our primary goal at all times.

This is my prescription for saving our planet.

Robert  B. Ragland, M.D.

Bob's 91st birthday on April 29th, 2010:

Pictured above L-R Bill Maness, Birthday Boy Bob, Jim Webb, and Tommy Webb.

This website seeks to involve you in the issues that face our people and our planet. It is the culmination of the thinking of some of the world's greatest minds, and it is an unconventional forum to give access to knowledge and philosophies that are essential to our modern world. Read. Learn. Participate. Let the dialogue begin!

“That everything is connected to everything else” must be regarded as the First Law of Ecology.  The Second law of Ecology might be termed the “limitation of all life by carrying capacity.”  Each species, through evolutionary processes, is adapted to a specific habitat.  This habitat is a finite resource with limits on the maximum number of a species that it can maintain over an “infinite span of time.”  This limitation is termed the carrying capacity. The Third Law of ecology is “the need for diversity.”  I suggest we define the conventional meaning of progress to be “those acts of man that enhance the human experience without impairing the earth’s life support systems.”
Journal of the Florida Medical Association, October, 1970
“Man Looks at his Environment” by George Cornwell, Ph.D.

Nun's Lily (Nun's Orchid)  Phaius tankervillae (grandifolia)

This orchid is a very easy plant to have, grow and propogate.

Soil: Pot in sand with a lot of humus; clay or plastic container.
Sun: Must have some sun but not full sun.  Filtered sun is good.
Temp:  Do not allow to freeze.
Fertilizer: May 1st through October 1st, water weekly with 1
tablespoon of 20-20-20 mixed in a gallon of water; then,  October 1st through December 31st, water weekly using a bloom booster or 10-30-20 fertilizer to promote blooms.  Do not fertilize the remainder of the year but continue to water weekly and prune as needed.
Water: As needed, if in a hot dry room it will need watching.
Bloom: In April in North Florida if kept outside.  If brought inside
in a sunny room at onset of cold weather it may bloom as early as January.  Must have good light inside or the bloom stalk will not remain erect.  There will be 5 to 20 blooms, opening from the bottom.  The bloom gives a view of a nun in her habit as seen from above, with her looking down.  Look in the throat of the 2-3" bloom.
Colors:  Green, white, red.
Propagation:  The "bulbs" will mulitply as last year's bulb dies.
Sometimes 2 new plants will replace an old one.  When the pot is crowded, and after blooming is over, wash the dirt off the roots, tease the roots apart and separate the bulbs.  Usually the firm, dead looking bulbs will put up a new shoot if potted separately.  Another way to propogate is by taking the bloom stalks after they have finished blooming and planting them laying down parallel to the ground in a flat with lots of humus about a half inch below the surface.  Water frequently, keeping moist, protect from freezing, pot in the spring.  Will tend to mulitply small bulbs before blooming in several years.

© Robert B. Ragland Foundation, Inc.