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