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Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


May 21, 2007
3:31 PM

Post #3519747

By popular request, a forum for those gardening in tropical climates around the world!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
3:51 PM

Post #3519796

Congrats to all, I'm "Belly dancing" NOT, but tried to welcome all have participated on our "wish" for the forum. Tehehehehe, best B-day present I've ever had.
Kim

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
3:52 PM

Post #3519801

Oohhh, Thank you, thank you, Terry, Dave and all that have been working hard on this...

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
4:01 PM

Post #3519818

This is to say; Peace, joy, and prosperity to ALL.
Kim

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Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 21, 2007
4:13 PM

Post #3519848

Congratulations to you tropical delights! May the forum be filled with all things tropical and may those of us who visit here be awed by the amazing things that grow in your region!
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
4:43 PM

Post #3519940

Whoop whoop!!!

I am singing with the rain!!!!..(no one else listening) Thanks Terry and Dave, and Shari for getting this party started!!!!

aurabest,
john
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
4:51 PM

Post #3519961

Shari!!! I wish you would get up early today!!!! Big News for Us!!! We did it, thanks to you, Terry, Dave, and all the support from a bunch of friends...NOW, get out of that bed, make some Sumatra and join us wont you???? This holds for you too Carol, get the tea brewed and sit a while!!! Public Holiday here in Cayman, day off, chores done, raining outside...what a perfect day!

Thanks again everyone!!!

j
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
5:05 PM

Post #3520005

VERY pleased here. Thanks so much. I look forward to learning LOTS of new stuff and sharing.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
7:42 PM

Post #3520484

Oh my!!!!! I just logged on to do a quick check and look!!!!!! Thank you to all the Kahunas of DG! Thank you! Now we must do you justice!

Lily - Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

Carol, john, we gotta come up with some wonderful stuff... I don't know where to begin!

John, I don't know anything (actually never heard of durian until Lily mentioned it a few days ago), but I do love lychee's, are they related? Let's do some serious researc here and see what we can find out. May-be we can all help your bride find some seeds and we can all get magnificently healthy!

I am only going to be here for two more days, then gone for 5 with no computers...Pohnpei has not advanced that far yet...only a few on the island, and they are used for booking accomodations and dive trips. But I will be back next week with lots of new pics, and as much info as I can gather on the care and feeding of TROPICALS!

Woooooohooooo doing the happy DaNcE!!! Thank you to all who helped!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
8:06 PM

Post #3520560

Nothing has made me happier today. Thanks Shari for the B-day's wish. To see our Forum comes to life. Yes, we need to find some Lagacy trees to help John and his bride plant them all around their home. Isn't it a great idea? As far as those Durians, hmmm, they are NO less in sizes that of Jack-fruits. And spiky, tough, skins too boost. By the time John and his bride have children, they ought to be ripe, but I wouldn't dance under the trees. I'll do some research on those too, via "words by mouth" of those that may have experience with this fruits in their younger years. For those of us who are familiar with Durian fruits, please chime in and help us out.
Kim
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:22 PM

Post #3520610

Familiar with...YES! Like them, NO!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:29 PM

Post #3520631

Carol - elaborate ple-uhz.
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:40 PM

Post #3520835

What!
Children?

no no no...i call miss katie my bride because she is. we are geezers and have been together a while...no plans or ability for pikney (children)...we practice though...LOL...

Lily...a belated Birthday wish...I hope this day and all the future days are filled with dreams and fulfillment! May drops of rain and light of sun touch you everyday!!!


Shari, have a great time! Be sure to fire those sub aqua shots with a strobe if you can...I wish we were going too!! I am good at carrying gear, modeling, turning air on, or off, if you misbehave...making you flood your mask because of laughter...just have fun, we can hold down the forum here...be safe and enjoy it!!!! This day has made mine, and from what I see, many others as well!!! Thank you.

Miss Carol, what can you tell me about Coconut Syrup? A friend of mine who is a Master Chef had some many years ago while on shore leave on a merchant vessel in Hawaii...He is the master of breadfruit, conch, red snapper, and just about everything from the sea...We shared a beverage earlier and I told him I would inquire for a recipe for it...any suggestions????

He also has a great use for a used satellite dish...more to come on that!!!

aurabest,
j
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:48 PM

Post #3520863

Mmmmmm papaya pancakes with coconut syrup! Weekend ambrosia!
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:58 PM

Post #3520884

boy, that last post of mine just didn't come out right...i idiot bwoi!!! must read: a friend on shore leave in Hawaii years ago sampled coconut syrup and would like a recipe...a master chef in his own right, will be willing to share numerous Caymanian recipes in exchange!!! So sorry, have had the day off...can't stay focused...having too much fun and too many posts to make...see what you have created islandgirlie?

j
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
10:50 PM

Post #3521019

Never heard of it, John...I shall ask around tho'... Will let you know... we call it haupia here...makes the BEST cheesecake!!!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
11:40 PM

Post #3521240

Just wanted to congratulate you all on the new forum!

Great Job, Shari!
glendalekid
Tuscaloosa, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
1:10 AM

Post #3521545

Congrats on the new forum. I definitely agree it is needed. Your gardening concerns are waaaay different from the rest of us.

When I lived in Ainaloa (up the road from AlohaHoya), I always joked that getting something to grow wasn't nearly as much trouble as keeping it beat back. LOL = + ))

Karen
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
1:19 AM

Post #3521585

Welcome both of you! Karen - definately know what u mean! :-)

Tropicanna - how's your dad? Talk to him lately? Soooo glad to see you here!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #3521802

Karen...you got that right!!!! Clippers? Machetes!!!

Take a cutting, put it in a pot...often a struggle.
Prune, throw the detrius in the bush and soon you have a forest of whatever you pruned!!!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
2:20 AM

Post #3521868

Why is it that what we DON'T want flourishes, and what we DO want struggles? I've been a good girl, well mostly anyway. My karma shouldn't be that bad!
glendalekid
Tuscaloosa, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:44 AM

Post #3521961

AlohaHoya -- Machetes - definitely!! I remember several buildings that the machete wasn't used quite soon enough.

Islandshari -- Isn't that always the question. In the tropics, though, I noticed the DON'T want flourishes like gangbusters. It's got to be seen to be believed.

Karen
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #3521983

Karen - you sure got that right! On last Earth Day we had a booth of the invasive weeds out here - you should have heard the comments - "Thats all over the side of my house" and "Oh, but its so pretty!" Yup - it is, right up till it buries everything else you are trying to grow!
TuttiFrutti
Spokane Valley, WA
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2007
4:24 AM

Post #3522390

Happy New Forum, tropical folks and friends! *grins*

Donna
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
4:32 AM

Post #3522418

Hey Donna! Glad you could join the fun!
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 22, 2007
10:24 AM

Post #3522692

Are we allowed here from almost tropical SW Florida?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
11:00 AM

Post #3522749

Everyone is welcome!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
5:39 PM

Post #3523843

Rolling out the red carpet. Ductchlady1, even I haven't been kick off the boat. It's lovely here. Come aboard.
Kim
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
5:43 PM

Post #3523856

I say these folks really foiught hard for this forum-we should give it plenty of trafffic to show them off! :)
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 22, 2007
6:17 PM

Post #3523960

Dutchlady...my yard is FULL of tropicals, so I'm parking right here!
:)
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:24 PM

Post #3524191

Good morning everyone! It's just after 7:00 am where I call home, and I logged on to see what's happening. I am soooooo glad to see all of you! I won't be real busy here for a few days, but when I get back I will expect lots of new threads and lots of great conversations! Must be something about tropical lovers ! This is gonna be a great forum!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #3524196

Good Morning Shari! Bathe in paradise for those of us with Tropic envy!
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:33 PM

Post #3524208

Hey Shari!!

Got all the dive gear ready? I thought you were saying goodbye to us yesterday...when do you leave for your trip???

(isn't this new forum great!) thank you so much for being the founder!!!!

aurabest,
j
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:43 PM

Post #3524236

I'm not the founder...I just heard the collective calling and posed the question. We have to check in tomorrow morning...I wasn't really saying goodbye, I just have so much to do that I shouldn't be sitting here chatting - But I can't resist! Got all the dive gear cleaned, serviced and dried and packed up...now I have to figure out what clothes to take - its not as easy as some trips (just a bathing suit and some shorts). The Pohnpeians are very conservative, and I'll be spending a lot of time in the carving village so I have to make sure that I don't offend anyone,while still being able to breath in my skin. Its not all that big a task, just one I keep postponing. So I've given myself just a little time this morning to say hello to all my DG friends!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
7:43 PM

Post #3524237

John, Have you lived there all your life?
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
7:52 PM

Post #3524271

Shari, you are going to Pohnpei? My parents talked about that place a lot. They are old hippies and there was one thing in particular they really liked about it...
ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:54 PM

Post #3524279

Was that the swimming Tropicanna ?
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3524291

Thanks Shari for checking in and saying hi...I think you most certainly were the most diligent as well as so many others for getting us this new forum and just thanking you again...Have a great trip!!!! Wish we were going too!!!! Got Island fever right now...need to spend time in my garden tonight and reflect!!! Has your daughter gotten any closer to getting a computer going so she can join us and share those wonderful aquarium shots???? We can't wait!!

Trops, no, I moved here from Arkansas in 1993...never looked back...did a brief stint in Charlotte NC to get my girl and make her my bride. Mission accomplished and ran straight back to Cayman to my old job and diving!!!!

aurabest,
j
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
8:03 PM

Post #3524315

Awww, John what a sweet story. Best women in the world come from NC, you know. OK, I'm ducking now, I'm sure someone's ready to swing!

and ginger, cough, giggle, yes, it was definitely the swimming they enjoyed!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:07 PM

Post #3524327

We call it skinny dipping here .
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:11 PM

Post #3524344

I forgot to mention that we were married in 60 feet of water, shared a regulator, bride in full gown, laminated q cards, the whole bit, it is an awesome video and a bunch of great stills too...the Atlantis submarine just happened along during the ceremony and the tourists inside could not believe their eyes...it was really unbelievable...

i'm feeling all warm and fuzzy now...snap out of it john!!!

lol

j
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
8:17 PM

Post #3524367

Now that's a sweet story-a bit more romantic than the drive thru Vegas wedding...don't make me cry now!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:20 PM

Post #3524384

Tropicanna - cough - giggle - yes that's the Pohnpei that so many people visit. lol lol...you sure had me going on that one!

Kell - I don't skinny dip any more - I chunky dunk.

John, what a great story!!!! Bet that becomes part of islandlore - ya know what I mean. Yes, DD got her modem yesterday, so I'm sure she will be checking in while I am gone.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:26 PM

Post #3524395

lol Shari .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #3524416

lol both of you-Kell, missed the skinny dipping comment

...chunky dunk...never in my life...lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:35 PM

Post #3524423

'swhy I don't go out with the spearfishermen...always afraid I'd hear "THAR SHE BLOWS" and they'd be talking bout ME!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:36 PM

Post #3524424

Sounds like what I do with my bread-roll into the soup ???
And the thread digresses .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
8:37 PM

Post #3524430

Well, Kell, you have your rum forum wherever you are, that's for sure. It is truly a gift!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:53 PM

Post #3524471

Maybe its a good thing that we are all so scattered - globally - not mentally. Can you see all of us at one of those round-up thingys, or a cofffee clatch? They'd be calling the paddy wagon for sure!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
8:57 PM

Post #3524485

Gosh Shari! Sounds like a blast to me!lol
ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:58 PM

Post #3524489

Now wouldn't that be a great RU .
I bags holding the first one here in Good old OZ .
Who can make it ???
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:07 PM

Post #3524512

I gotta wait to see how much I spend on Pohnpei...but then! Watch out Oz, here come the tropigals!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
9:09 PM

Post #3524517

Sounds like a plan .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #3524555

Kell, we need some of your high-end artwork to sell for fundraising! I would so be there...looking out for snakes and Australian penguins!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:47 PM

Post #3524607

Penquins????????????? What am I missing here???????
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
9:51 PM

Post #3524620

ginger actually had penguins under his porch. At first that's what I thought they were, but then thought penguins in Australia was ridiculous. Until he finally got a picture and they were penguins.

Weird, huh. There's also an African penguin if you can beleive it.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
10:20 PM

Post #3524703

Wow! That is just too cool! I wonder if they have an accent? Oh, sorry...sometimes I just get tooooo silly. You say "his" Ginger - Kell, guy or gal? Inquiring minds want to know! I may need to change tropigals to tropifolks? Should anyway - John's bride may not like me calling him a gal. Ha Ha. But we are a mindset anyway - not bound by traditional values, no he/she, no green/yellow, no buddist/quaker...just plant lovers in paradise!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
11:14 PM

Post #3524899

ginger is a well, I'll let ginger tell...snicker,snicker...
ginger749

May 22, 2007
11:24 PM

Post #3524925

Thank you Tropicanna ,

Islandshari ,
Just go to my profile and you will see a current Pic. of me .
Contary to what Pep says , I am not a cross dresser .
Her turn will come . Heeeeeeeeeeeeee ! can't wait .

Yes We sure are " just plant lovers in paradise! "

Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
12:20 AM

Post #3525080

Well, nice to meet ya! I take it you are the one with the chin decorations? Showin my ignorance here, but what's a Ducati? I grew up around motorcycles; my dad and both brothers ride and one even built his own hog. Due to them, I'm afraid " if it ain't a Harley, it ain't a bike " was my way of thinking for most of my life. Guess I should post a pic of me, huh?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2007
1:56 AM

Post #3525367

Shari, if it ain't a Harley, I ain't interested. LOL.

Ginger, you are what you are, whatever that is. I think that would be a...CROSS DRESSER!!! ROTFL!!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #3525413

Okay - when I get back I want an explanation. This sounds like a conversation I would enjoy. And if ya don't want people asking about it, then don't talk about it...so give!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2007
11:14 AM

Post #3526334

LOL.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2007
12:58 AM

Post #3529028

Here's the explaination. Because of his username people automatically assume he is a GAL. The way he types sometimes also helps that along. But for those of you who don't know he is a GUY. I have picked on him a few times and basically called him a cross-dresser. LOL.

That's pretty much the basics. lol
ginger749

May 24, 2007
5:32 AM

Post #3529806

And this Pic. just adds to the confusion .

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2007
1:11 AM

Post #3532702

My mom says you look cute in those tights. :~p
ginger749

May 25, 2007
8:12 AM

Post #3533527

Thank your Mum for me .

Hey Pep , You notice it's gotten quiet here already ?
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2007
8:33 AM

Post #3533536

Lurk...gurggle...wanted to give ya all a chance to settle into your hard earned home... But now inquiring minds want to know... which one of those stunning creatures is ginger749 ? ;~}
ginger749

May 25, 2007
8:37 AM

Post #3533537

The Good looking ONE of cause .
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2007
8:38 AM

Post #3533539

Gotcha. the first one on the right it is!
ginger749

May 25, 2007
3:22 PM

Post #3534419

LOL Zanymuse .
The one with the Red Beard / Moustache .
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2007
5:49 PM

Post #3534920

Well, now that you mention it the red beard does make him the lovlier of the bunch. :~)
ginger749

May 25, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #3535308

Why thank you Zany .
It's the VIKING in me .
The rest of them are really DUMB .
They don't say a great deal . ( funny that )
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2007
1:46 AM

Post #3536561

LOL! They can't say much because you don't let them.
ginger749

May 26, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #3536616

We all look a little stuffed don't you think ?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #3536689

Hahahaha.
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2007
5:39 AM

Post #3537347

Silly me, I should have realized there was only one MAN-nequin in the group. Plus all the others look a bit hard headed and cold. By comparison you look to be the only warm blooded tropical in the bunch.
ginger749

May 26, 2007
5:44 AM

Post #3537356

Thank you Zanymuse .
You make me sound like a bananas . ( a bunch )
So you did notice .
birdlady_liz
Viera, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2007
6:02 AM

Post #3537388

Hi from central Florida, I grow alot of gingers and other cold hardy tropicals. Grew up in South Florida and still love the flora of down south.
Liz

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ginger749

May 26, 2007
6:09 AM

Post #3537397

Hi birdlady_liz , and welcome .
Just love your Pic .
Are they Ginger Flowers ?
birdlady_liz
Viera, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2007
4:52 PM

Post #3538338

Thank you, looks like you guys have a lot of fun on this forum :)
The picture is of a group of my very favorite ginger Costus barbatus, I just love it! The red part is the inflorescence and the blooms are the yellow tubluar guys poking out from the brcts of the inflorescence. Hummingbirds like them as much as I do, and the undersides of the leaves feel like bunny ears! The blooms are edible, I've eaten quite a few, just plck them off and pop themin my mouth, yummy :) Below is a picture of a close up next to my hand so that you can see how big the inflorescence can get.
I have an AOL photo album with about 700 pictures, if anyone would like to see it just email me your regular email address and I will end it to you.
I have 2 reg email addresses:
Leneobrien@aol.com
Liz@gingerlandtropicals.com
The album will be sent from my AOL addy.
Liz

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ginger749

May 26, 2007
5:02 PM

Post #3538365

WOW Liz they sure big and Beautiful .
Eating them sounds so cool .
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2007
6:24 PM

Post #3538573

Liz, it is lovely tropicals like that that make me drool with envy! Now the question is... what do they taste like? (please don't say it tastes like chicken!)
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2007
7:03 PM

Post #3538662

Alligator tastes like chicken. lol. Has some earlier in the week. Pretty good.
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2007
7:52 PM

Post #3538778

Things described as tasting like chicken...Alligator, frog legs, rabbit, rattlesnake...and almost anything else we have trouble explaining to someone who has never tasted it. But I say chicken tastes a lot like rabbit...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3538793

I tried the alligator without knowing what it was. I didn't even know it was game. It really did taste like chicken. With a little spice. lol
birdlady_liz
Viera, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 27, 2007
7:11 PM

Post #3541971

I say, if it tastes like chicken, just eat chicken..:)
They blooms actually have a tart taste and they're crunchy, I like to eat them right after the tube on the bloom opens. The tastes reminds me a a blackerry when it's almost ripe, with a hint of citrus. I actually eat alot of blooms around the nursery, Alpinia galanga, Pineapple guava flower petals and other Costus, if they have a tubular bloom. Some people put the blooms sliced up in salads.
Today we're smoking ribs and I marinated them with fresh Curcuma domestica (longa) rhizome.. better known as Turmeric, rosemary, thyme, peurto rican oregeno, garlic and red pepper...mmmm they smell so good. If you cover your meat in the smoker with curcuma, hedychium or alpinia leaves the meat stays really moist.
Back to weeding and grazing out in the nursery :)
Liz
Scadoxus multiforus: African Blood Lily May 27, 2007

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2007
4:11 PM

Post #3552802

Liz...Beautiful picture! I use my woody stems of rosemary as skewers when I grill chunks of meat, like shishkabobs...it flavors it from the inside out.
My husband laughs at me because I munch as I walk through the yard, or make people rub their hands on things and smell them. I think I have around 15 different flavors of mint, and probably 10 different basils...
Maybe we should give chickens a break and tell everyone chicken tastes like gator?

:)
birdlady_liz
Viera, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2007
5:11 PM

Post #3553049

Mary..LOL I totally agree about the chicken/alligator. I can so relate to the munching as you stroll.. :) Nice to meet a fellow muncher. Thanks for the rosemary skewer tip, I'll have to try that, since I use rosemary for everything else. I just had someone here today petting my Costus barbatus...
Wow, I love mints and basils, I use Greek column basil quite a bit, gotta love a good basil that's also a perennial, I'm alswats walking by my plants and rubbing/smelling/tasting...LOL
If you ever get up this way, please stop by and we'll stroll and munch together and leave our husbands behind laughing at us :)
Liz
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #3555665

ok Tropical gardeners, someone help me on this one...

I was told, but dont know if it's true, that you can use the banana tree sprouts like hearts of palm...when you cut your banana trees down to a few feet, a shoot comes up and out through the center in a matter of days, and you can slice it into salads...

Anyone ever heard of this?
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2007
3:54 AM

Post #3555868

Sorry Mary, don't know about that one. Hopefully someone will respond that knows about that. But I gotta ask - isn't that an awful waste of a banana tree?
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2007
3:40 PM

Post #3557412

If you only have one banana tree, yes...but the ones around here grow like crazy, from underground, and if you don' take care to keep them controled, they will take over. Unfortunately, chopping from the top doesn't help, and that's where you get the center tender shoot. I'm not taking a bite of one, until I get confirmation from someone who has actually DONE it! :)

Anyone know about the potatoes that grow from the ornamental tropical potato vines such as Blackie and Margarita? Are they edible?

I know I have purchased things at the tropical grocery stores down here in Florida and planted them just "because" and have come up with some different looking elephant ears, etc...
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2007
7:56 PM

Post #3558258

Ya know, you might want to start a new thread with these edible questions...That would be a real interesting chain of thoughts. Some people see how long this thread has become, and don't want to bother. And others, who might know your answers, just see Welcom and don't realize that there are actually questions here. Give that a try.

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