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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 30, 2009
7:24 PM

Post #7410344

Some of the most exotic plants are blooming now for me... The is Medinilla 'lalique'...believe it is a cultivar and not a species but am not sure. Before the flowers open they hang down like so many chandaliers (spelling?)... The "lalique' is for the famous French crystal of the signature color, purple...

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 30, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #7410347

And here it is open...

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Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 30, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #7410489

What a stunning plant!
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2009
10:10 PM

Post #7410872

I have the hot pink one - they are so unique and pretty - I love the color of yours!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #7411254

I think it is one of my favorite tropical plants...wish it had a fragrance!!!

Here is a new one I just got...

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #7411256

And here is a picture of the ground under a Mountain Apple Tree...a pink carpet of petals...

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #7411290

And here is a new ginger...recently collected. Isn't it beautiful!!!?

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #7411368

Those are all gorgeous!!
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

December 31, 2009
2:47 AM

Post #7411699

That looks great, gingers have some of the most bizzare and spectacular flowers. This is one of mine which originates from Thailand.

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #7411704

AHyes...isn't that a Globba? I love their colors!!!
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

December 31, 2009
2:54 AM

Post #7411723

I don't knows it's name. Where I bought it they travel a lot to Thailand for plants. Their name for it was just "A Ginger from Thailand". A bit pre-Linnean.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
3:41 AM

Post #7411881

I have a ginger called 'dancing ladies' which is so beautiful - blooms a long time, too.

http://www.gingersrus.com/globba.php
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
5:49 AM

Post #7412299

Yes...Globba, Dancing Ladies... "samesame'. I have a pink one, a magenta one and the white. All are so lovely and their blooms do last a long time...
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 1, 2010
6:33 PM

Post #7416913

Tecomanthe venusta has left the fence and gone bush...

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Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 1, 2010
10:01 PM

Post #7417558

I really need one of those Tecomanthes.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
10:03 PM

Post #7417562

Ya, Hettie - we all do! Maybe one of the lucky owners will trade cuttings!!!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 1, 2010
11:58 PM

Post #7417925

that Thai ginger is so odd that it's hard to look at!!!!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 1, 2010
11:58 PM

Post #7417927

When this blooming cycle stops I will root a bunch of cuttings...will be open to trades... LOL What a happy new year conversation
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 2, 2010
12:11 AM

Post #7417972

Indeed!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 2, 2010
2:04 AM

Post #7418270

(What on Earth here from St Croix could I trade for something Hawaiian???)
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
2:13 AM

Post #7418295

Or here in Florida, what could we have that you would not already have access to???!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 2, 2010
3:18 AM

Post #7418439

OH? Gold nuggets? Your first born? Endless beauty?
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

January 2, 2010
9:55 AM

Post #7418974

Hahahahaha, Carol, you are terrible!! i like the last one...
i just read this thread for the first time, and the plants shown here are gorgeous!!!
isaac
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
1:06 PM

Post #7419124

Money I can do!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 2, 2010
1:39 PM

Post #7419203

lol, St Croix not on the Spanish gold route.

Tourists used to, when I worked diving, ask me to go with them in the harbor because they wanted to pick up some gold coins. They were serious!! Finally a friend gave me the answer, said to tell them I go on Saturdays, but limit myself to one bucket full.

But I probably could do well with an underwater metal detector, the day after cruise shippers are crowding our beaches...
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

January 2, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #7419928

I just called my #1 son in LA and told him to start packing I had traded him to Hawaii. Funny, he didn't seem at all upset. :)
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 2, 2010
10:53 PM

Post #7420984

...you are too funny. I really enjoy propagation and sharing...help with shipping is always welcome. Better stop this conversation as someone could interpret it as 'selling'...it's not. I am not selling anything!!!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 3, 2010
1:08 AM

Post #7421345

no problem, no money to buy with!

Maybe you trade for ... not soil, not beach sand,,, pretty tropical sunset???

hahaha
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 3, 2010
2:19 AM

Post #7421561

trades are fun...but not necessary... :~)
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
2:29 AM

Post #7421593

Ok, tell us what you 'need' - maybe we have it or can find it.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 3, 2010
2:36 AM

Post #7421618

Interesting concept! First let me root the puppies!!! I can do up to about 4 or 5...
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
1:18 PM

Post #7422495

Please keep me in mind! Thank you!
_CODY_
Morgan Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2010
12:58 AM

Post #7428551

where did you get that Medinilla 'lalique'!!!!!
its beautiful
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 5, 2010
2:00 AM

Post #7428864

There are fairly common here. I have tried propagating from seed without luck...but will try again with this bloom.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 6, 2010
1:24 AM

Post #7432624

AlohaHoya I think you post a picture of a Dalechampia dioscorioefolia (vine)
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 6, 2010
2:33 AM

Post #7432938

The 5th photo? Probably...I don't have the name in front of me...it's in the pot.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 6, 2010
2:21 PM

Post #7434229

#3 pic.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 6, 2010
6:07 PM

Post #7435155

Ah yes...3rd photo/5th post. You are right. I am anxious to plant it out and let it go!!! Do you know anything particular about this vine...I know nothing...
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #7435206

I grow my Dalechampia dioscorioefolia in the greenhouse year around - it doesn't like our chilly nights.
Eclipse
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2010
4:01 AM

Post #7457306

Aloha Auntie Kalola,

Nice pics, wish it was warm and sunny here. We have 36 inches of snow on the ground now. YUCK!! Da haole bruhs plants got da blues too! Can't wait till spring. :-)


beeg haole hugs!!!

Kyle :-)
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 13, 2010
4:57 AM

Post #7457395

Kyle...wa'fo u no be hea? Howzit? Wasup? How's life in the Arctic?... Was thinking about putting a fire in the fireplace mesef! We have been having the first rains in over 3 weeks and everything was just hanging on, bamboos losing leaves etc... So tomorrow when we walk around I know we will have blooms and growth and everything will be singing 'mahalo, auntie' 'mahalo, onca '... Everything just looks so 'perky'...haha.

Hey, I do feel for you!!!! Just want you to feel better...

Aloha nui loa,
Auntie Kalola
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2010
12:34 AM

Post #7459634

I feel for you too Kyle!! We had over a foot on the ground. It's finally starting to melt though. Hang in there!! Warm air is headed your way!!
Eclipse
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2010
2:24 AM

Post #7459945

Pepper 41 F here today...YEEEEHAWWW snow is melting...at least off the streets!! :-)


Kyle :-)
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2010
2:55 AM

Post #7460013

We got a few degrees higher than that. LOL. It felt GREAT!!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #7460879

Kyle it was only 46 here at midday yesterday and I have had hard freezes for the first time at location. Our soil temp has dropped to 44 and it never went below 55 here in the past. The garage is filled with plants, the house is filled with plants, there are "tents" set up over plants with a lamp inside for heat and I have those seed starter heat mats on my deck with pots sitting on them with blankets over the whole thing. This is really getting old. It looks like Halloween in the neighborhood, everybody has sheets and blankets over their plants and they look like little ghosts.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 14, 2010
2:50 PM

Post #7461118

Ardesia, what you are explaining about protecting the plants from the cold is very touching! we dont have to do that in the tropics so I just start thinking about my garden and all the blankets that I will need to do to protect them.
Eclipse
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2010
3:34 PM

Post #7461282

Ardesia, we have a thick blanket of snow this year so the ground temp is still in the mid 30's great for my conifers I planted in early Dec. I'm just scared to look at the rabbit damage in the spring!! :-(

Our winter was the coldest in years and set many new records.

Kyle:-)

P.S. Costa Rica sounds wonderful about now. I could raise macaws in the back yard!
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 14, 2010
4:36 PM

Post #7461435

Eclipse, in that case I will suggest that you visit Corcovado National Park, there is a big population of Scarlet Macaws. When I was in the beach a bunch of them came to visit a beach Almond tree. Macaw's like these fruits.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2010
5:26 PM

Post #7461547

This was our coldest winter on record I believe and I am ready to go to Costa Rica with you. :-)

AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 14, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #7461597

Costa Rica is really neat!!! Without a doubt the cleanest country I have every been to (1995)...We drove around the country for a week and saw ONE styrofoam cup beside the road. ONE!!!!
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 14, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7461718

Yes you all are welcome to come to Costa Rica. About pollution I would like to say that CR is very clean but still we are working on that issue amongst others. We are beginning our dry season also our vacation. So everybody want to go to the beach. My favorite is Corcovado National Park (piece of heaven), but faraway from Atenas, the town where I live.
My favorite closer Botanical Garden: Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, in my FB I have a lot of pictures of this place, I will post some of the pictures of this beautiful garden.


I keep learning about plants, culture and different facts in this forum. Gracias!
Bignonia
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7461892

And Gracias to you too, we would love to see pictures of these gardens. My neice has been to Costa Rica and tells me it is a lovely place.
Eclipse
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2010
10:11 PM

Post #7462222

A friend and coworker of mine has been there sevral times and sent pics of toucans(his fav birds) and macaws, and lots of kinds of palm trees. Someday I'll pay a visit, but without my macaws in tow.They would only cause trouble at the airport! All that screaming!!! LOL

Kyle ;-)

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westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

January 15, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #7463440

Aw, thats a cute picture!!!
while you guys are freezing, i am enjoying verrrry hot weather!! our usual temps 100F to 110F.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 15, 2010
2:51 PM

Post #7464039


Near my house sometimes the toucans visit some fruit trees..
Hi westraad! I checked the mystery plant that I was looking for and already it was identified
Eclipse
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2010
3:16 PM

Post #7464133

Westraad I have some very rare lovebirds that come from Zambia too! Only about 10,000 left in the wild so a few of us here are trying to keep ours pure and not tame for possible re-introduction some day. Agapornis nigrigensis


Kyle :-)

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westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

January 19, 2010
4:10 PM

Post #7476137

Yes, i noticed, Roxana, i checked the thread. i have never seen the plant though, but very interesting!
Kyle, what beatiful birds!! i like birds too, but i don't have the time to have many so i just have one. she is an African Grey, 3 years old. extremely naughty!!!!
isaac
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 19, 2010
4:57 PM

Post #7476276

Just yesterday...

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:13 PM

Post #7476310

pictures from Else Kientzler
Aristolochia!

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:14 PM

Post #7476314

Else Kientzler Garden!

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #7476315

Made with Hibiscus plants

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:17 PM

Post #7476320

I love it! Heliconia caribaea

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:18 PM

Post #7476327

Vriesea imperialis from Brazil

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #7476331

small lake with a lot of hyacinth flowers, papyrus etc

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 19, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #7476337

I like the combination of colors! In the pic you can see my amiga Maria.

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 19, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #7476340

Beautiful!!!!!
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

January 19, 2010
7:20 PM

Post #7476661

Really nice!! I have that same heliconia, nice to know which one it is.
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

January 19, 2010
11:50 PM

Post #7477350

Bignonia, don't know if that Water Hyacinth is native to your area but in most of the world it's a declared noxious weed. It looks really nice, just a pity it spreads so fast.

I have a Heliconia which looks like that, might be the same species.

Looks like Colocasia in that last photo, they look really good.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 20, 2010
1:54 AM

Post #7477771

Water Hyacinth is originally from South America. It;s true that it can be a big problem in some areas. Although I really like it.
Colocasia "Black Magic" I bought some plants of it, but it needs a lot of humidity. So it dies. But during the wet season It will grow back. It s really a beautiful plant , leaves almost black color. Sometimes the leaves can keep tiny drops of water, so these drops give to the leaves a different color.
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2010
12:12 AM

Post #7483558

Loved your pictures!
breaking news http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1070930/
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2010
5:25 AM

Post #7484608

I know Randy...I sure hope this doesn't change alot...!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1070930/

Jeanne
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

January 24, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #7491042

Thank you for posting that link, i had no idea this was going on!! if any of you guys decide that you are going to leave this site if it changes too much, please tell me!
isaac
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

January 24, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #7491553

Could you share what is going on for those of us who are not members and can't access those posts?
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 24, 2010
5:32 PM

Post #7491610

So far all that has happened is that the company that Dave sold DG to, a few years back and he still ran DG, ... that company sold DG to another company who, upon second thought, asked Dave to stay on. No one knows the capacity in which he will serve, not even Dave!!! The thread (now 2 of them) is full of folks telling the new owner how great Dave and DG is and that they will revolt if Dave goes "No Dave No DG" Responses from Dave are 'thanks' no responses from the new owners. But if they are smart they won't change a thing!!!

No need to panic...the dust hasn't started to settle...

Carol

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 24, 2010
5:34 PM

Post #7491611

Carol,

You are amazing. You just condensed 2 days of reading into one paragraph. Way to go!

Hap
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

January 24, 2010
8:45 PM

Post #7492162

Thank you. I'm so glad I didn't have to read it all as well.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 24, 2010
8:47 PM

Post #7492171

It's so on-going, I'm afraid to leave the computer. LOL


Hap
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 25, 2010
1:20 AM

Post #7493033

I really think, on those threads, that everything that needs to be said has been said... If anything new happens, Dave is going to start a new thread, I am sure!!!

Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

January 25, 2010
3:42 AM

Post #7493549

I hope so :(
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

January 25, 2010
5:27 PM

Post #7495299

Yesterday he answered a lot of questions. Very interesting!!!

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