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Since our last thread was getting so long and slow to load I started a part II.
Here is the link to part I. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/674437/
There are lots of good tips, pictures, and other cool things contributed by the folks here on the Rocky Mountain Gardening Discussion Forum.
Makes me look forward to my amaryllis blooming. I have a favorite white one that usually has some extra little ruffles and fringing in the center which I love to paint. I suspect I need to pot it up into a larger pot as it bulges way up out of the one it is in and has developed two secondary bulbs which are tightly packed in there. I know they like some crowding but that is getting ridiculous! It has not sent up any flower stalks yet this winter, I am ready for it to do so even if it isn't.
Thanks, ginger, for all the beautiful flower pictures. Makes me want to go to Australia.
Two of my amaryllis began sending up flower stalks just about the solstice. They are a brilliant red, common but always cheering this time of year. I can't wait for the blooms. I spent yesterday afternoon killing those little white fluffy bugs that come in the winter -- on my brugs and trimming the big one to make new ones for friends. This is the best I can do for gardening right now. Oh, that and the fact that my seed packets are starting to arrive. Sure sign of spring.
Uh oh. Ginger, I just discovered on another thread when I was rambling around DG that you evidently are a HE. My most abject apologies, I have two good friends named Ginger who are both women and I brainlessly made the same gender assumption as a result. I have no doubt that face to face I would not have made such an error. No slander of any kind is intended, Ginger, I am sure you are an exemplary man!
This is what I would call the Penguin Problem. Scientists have to dissect the small Adele penguins to determine gender. Unfortunately the penguins themselves seem to have the same problem. Their courtship ritual consists of a boy penguin laying a pebble at the feet of a girl penguin. Woe be when the unfortunate suitor lays a pebble at the feet of another boy penguin! All manner of havoc ensues.
So, to avoid any further difficulties, Ginger, I shall forthwith announce to any boy penguins I encounter that they are not to lay pebbles at your feet!
Your leechees are beautiful. I have seen them them growing in the Thai hill country where the Hmong people raise them for a cash crop. They also make some really strong drink out of them which has a lovely leechee flavor. They use it for ceremonial purposes, one of which is greeting. We were given some at about 9:00 am and spent the morning a little fuzzy. But we didn't want to be rude.
Sounds interesting. Guess they grow primarily in S Florida over here, but becoming more popular. There's a big asian grocery store not to far from my house, so will have to go looking next time there. A couple of the sights said they make wine out of it too.
Go to an Asian grocery and buy a can of them in the canned fruit section. You won't regret it. Sometimes you can get them fresh in Asian markets. Just realize that a canned leechee is to a fresh leechee as a canned peach is to a fresh peach. In other words you lose something in the canning process, but canned leechees are pretty darned good canned so you can guess how got they are fresh.
I am happy to say I got through Superbowl Sunday without seeing the game. I did not even know who was playing until I saw the score on the internet headlines. But you must be happy because the Colts won.
From that chart USA has the most shark attacks. Yes, that was a guess. I never gave the whole business much thought. I am not terribly surprised though, because I have read a lot about shark attacks, both here and in Australia, but more in the US. The Australia ones are mostly TV films of guys in cages trying to bait sharks so they can photograph them.
One way or the other, I don't much worry about sharks. Occurances are still are rare considering the number of beach goers. I grew up around sharks and I worry more about them than I do about the people they bite. They are slowly but surely declining in numbers. Humans are not.
It is terrible for the families involved, but we have too few predators in the world. The biggest problem with sharks is that we are eating their food supply so they go for humans.
Another problem of overpopulation.
ginger749, Terrific pic of the plumaria. Makes me want to go visit or move back to Hawaii. They have such a terrific aroma. I recall making leis for my date(s) to the formal prom dances at college. I couldn't afford the leis at the flower shops so I picked the blossoms myself off more than a few trees and laced up matching leis for both myself and my date ... on more than a few occasions. Hawaii was great fun ... provided the money was continually coming into my bank account. Folks there are paying $7.50 for a gallon of milk today. That close to 3 times the cost of eating here on the mainland. Hawaii has a steady stream of local kids leaving at age 18 simply because it is unaffordable.
How sad! I have always had a fantasy of living in Hawaii. It is the ideal environment. But I guess turning all the farms into hotels for millionaires has raised the cost of food in Hawaii. Property was always sky high. Maybe some people would be willing to raise dairy cattle at $7.50 per gallon.
Ginger, I am on this site seldom lately. Pardon my pause in responding. I too have dreamed of taking a boat trip to Hawaii ... but in my own 75-100 footer. With any good amount of luck ... I'll have one in a year or so. I was actually thinking of going to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia and then up to Japan to visit the in-laws and then home to Vancouver, BC.
ginger, as to your passion flower question... I never saw any fruit on it. Saw lots of butterflys but not any cat damage. But it was a determined grower and tried to eat the garage. And was starting on the house. A fellow DGer came and dug it up and took it away.
Ginger, Motorboat ... probably 4 diesels. I have an acquaintance / business friend with a 64 ftr. He lives on his boat south of Houston near South Padre Island and is continually reminding me of having absolutely nothing to do now that he's retired and living on his boat. I suppose we could do the same. With any good luck ... I'll be able to rub his nose in it once I have a 75 ftr or better. I just need 6 more months and continued steady business revenue. If we do 75% of what we did last year ... I'll get my necessary work accomplished. I have an enormous project we're in the midst of but at least we're making serious headway. To simplify it ... I need to get 12 mil images down onto DVD from film. My scaner converts 100 to 150 images / minute. We can convert close to 100k images a day ... 2mil / month and should be finished with it all in 6 months. At that point my net worth triples. Sounds awesome to a guy approaching retirement age ... it is precisely that to me ... the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you really do want ... we can come visit the Gold Coast. Does that mean you're near to Adelaide or Brisbane? Friday my technician shipped "5 belts" to a repair shop in Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie. I had the toughest time reading the buggers emails. Convinced him we'd ship parts to him only on condition of receipt of funds from a wire transfer into our bank account ... no credit to someone on the other side of the planet. He was a French speaker and I parlay in English only...none of the pidgin for me. Every day is something different.
Ginger, Historical documents. I bought a 15k roll collection of genealogical interest from our National Archives. The census of the USA from 1790 through1930. It has 12mil images total and 600mil lines off information. I'm going to begin loading it it up to the www this summer. Should be done by X-Mas or sooner. It'll be a lower cost option to what is offered currently at $150/client subscription. Within a few years it'll be fully indexed and honestly a better product all around than what is currently available. We're scanning at 50% higher resolution and to be accurate our images come directly form the Feds. Our competitor scanned a used collection that was 3rd generation.
sun was in & out today, but more importantly - it did not rain!
I have an offering for "cheering up" - A Camellia that is a stellar performer.
the Wood bees were out & about being very territorial about anything in bloom.
I had to remind them about who planted what and why. The worms ought to set them straight...
Beautiful flower, love the rain drops! Wysteria is blooming, and everything is right behind it. The one viburnum that is healthy enough to bloom is just a couple of days away- big billow of white. The other one was so sickly looking, that I chopped it back to abt a foot last spring, and it is about 2 feet high now, so will see if it does anything. Daffs, aliums and everything coming soon. YEAH! I got a disposable camera to take pics to maybe post later. Kell, worms just burrow down below the frost line in winter. Was rearranging the sprinkler system this past weekend, and had worms galore(collected some and put in compost piles). Now, I will have less grass and more garden, but don't know if the water bill will decline much.
Thanks for that info Paul.
I didn`t know worms could do that .
I should have guessed there was a way,
How else could they come back the following spring .
Glad to hear spring has sprung for most of you .
This pic was taken 3 days ago , Of the flowering Cannas .
I know Paul has seen it before .
Ginger - are those papayas above the Canna?
I lived in Hawaii in the early 80's, and had fresh papaya daily. So sad that they won't grow here for me - I'd need a very tall greenhouse...
Thanks for that cheery shot - I love the backlit Canna foliage.
We'll have to wait several months for our summer heat - try August, or July, if we're lucky...
The rain has returned - apparently for the next 2 weeks straight. No water shortage here.
I was glad for a dry partly sunny Sunday - Here is one of my Pieris: fragrant, bright & well-guarded by the Bees!
We are upside down here in Aus.
So the farther North we go the Hotter it gets .
So north QLD is hot , We in SE. QLD are just hot .
South of us is VIC. It snows down there .
Thanks for sharing your fantabulous Pics . Kell
I knew that and I was making a joke. You have no snow in Aus do you? But thankyou for the imput. I have read many a story of queensland and I think that is where I would go after Sidney. So many sailing stories about the passage to your north. I forgot what it is called but It is a frightening place in a sailboat. But after that is the sail to the Coscos Islands in the Indian ocean. (I'm bad at names)
Mt. Kosciusko is West of Shiteney .
And it is about 500 miles below The Gold Coast .
I`m not sure if Taswegia is part of Australia ?
We call NSW = Mexico
Because they are South of our border .
no offence fourx . lol
LOL I never took geography in high school, because I had already learned so much about the world. Ever since I was a kid, I read all I could get my hands on about other cultures and environments(not that I ever studied enough to do something with it, what with my scater brained, gemini induced attention span-LOL) One comes to mind of the 3 stories of 'Mutiny on the Bounty'. Capt Bligh sailing along the north coast of Australia to get to the English settlement. Quite interesting, their thoughts of the natives.
The turkey came out much better than I expected. The twelve hours of brining and the use of an oven bag worked really well! I stripped it down, vacum packed the meat and threw most of it in the freezer.
I really must get out this weekend and throw a bunch of compost on the front beds, maybe I will even water if it isn't snowing as it has been so dry!
Crocus are a large family of flowering bulbs that either come up in the Spring or the Fall depending on the variety. Some are quite small and are planted in lawn areas where the come up in very early spring, flower and die back before the grass really starts growing. The crocus in my front flower beds actually come up through the snow and are an encouraging sign that Spring is just around the corner.
You probably know of at least one species of crocus, Saffron Crocus.
[quote="Pewjumper"]You ran a caption a little while ago, "Hasn't snowed in 700,000 years". Don't you get snow on Mount Kosciuszko and the Snowy Range, or were you refering to another place in Australia?
The place I took the Picture of that strange tree is in Queensland.
The Place is called Hughenden.
Stanthorpe is the only place in Queensland where it snows.
Hi can I jump in? Pew...I still find it amazing that I'm still higher than you and I live on the Eastern Plains, lol (6800-6900ft) lol. Still planting when the ground is clear, rototilled a few weeks ago so when the snow clears off and its warm enough, out I go to get more planting done. Will I ever be done when fall arrives, I'd like to veg like most gardeners do when late fall arrives,LOL. Finished planting approx 1500 iris, and still sticking other things in the ground yet. Hope it warms up a bit and stays clear of snow for a while. Maybe Santa is listening and will grant my wish, oh maybe I need my Fairy Godmother rather. Lol!!!! And Pew, just curious what do you do for a living? Love your Pix, is gorgeous!! Are you a ranger? Chat later, Kathy.
I am a water & wastewater treatment operator. I do not work for a government entity although on rare occasions I am called in to do rescue/reorganization work. I largely serve small entities like HOA'S which means I cover a lot of territory.
I live in Glenwod Springs which is nestled in the western arms of the Rocky Mountains. Our weather is pretty stable compared to the front range, (East side) of the Rocky Mountains. Once we get a season going there aren't to many surprises like what you get on the front range.
I have some big plans for landscaping around my place for 2012 provided the money & time work out. A lot of it has to do with soil engineering and terrascaping, I will send pictures later. It is a shame that Dave's Garden doesen't have folders for various projects.
This is a Picture of some of my 300 Storm Lilies just weeks after I planted them.
That bed now has over 1000 bulbs in it.
And I didn't buy one single more than the original 300.
Each year they triple themselves. ;--)
Yes there is a lot of work, fortunately most of it can be done with heavy equipment. The picture above is all finished with agastaches, coneflowers, tall bearded iris, daffodills and blanket flowers. This project was all done by hand, a total of some 77,000 lbs. of dirt and rock dug sifted and remixed with the addition of sand, peat moss & acidified cotton boll compost. A lot of work when you include the retaining wall.
Those are indeed cannas in the wine barrels, the winter weather claimed them all because I didn't have an adequate place to store them. I may buy seeds in late winter and try my hand at getting them started on the light table out in the garage.
Is there another name for your storm lilys? They almost look like "Naked Ladies", a South African native. I am always looking for something new and different.
I for one was glad to see the flowers and beauty of the otherside of the planet. Thanky
This is the beauty of my day. Whore frost on all of everything here. Just got home from Alaska and both places look the same. I love the squeak of frost on my shoes walking to my work.
Oh that one. I was in a 4th of July parade in Petersburg to introduce myself by wearing little stuffed animals and passed them out to kids along the way. I couldn't find any other clothing but Angus Young underwear for the american flag.
I started this thread off to try to chear yall up.
There were lots of good tips, pictures, and other cool things being contributed by the good folks of the Rocky Mountain Gardening Discussion Forum.
But there has been no traffic for weeks.
So I have decided to "CLOSE" this Thread permanently.