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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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!!!!
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!!!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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 :)
Scadoxus multiforus: African Blood Lily May 27, 2007
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?
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 :)
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...
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...
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.