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ginger749

May 21, 2007
5:22 PM

Post #3520051

Hi !!! To Every one .
I would like to start off with This Exotic Plant "Heliconia ".
It's called Sexy Hanger .

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
5:50 PM

Post #3520131

Hey there!!!

Welcome to the new forum!!! Thanks for all the support getting it done...

I tried a Heliconia here last year and not sure what happened. The nursery had a very poor selection and I think it got too much sun. The nursery was wrong in telling me that it would do fine in the spot I planted her and it did not make it. I have a native bull rush in that same spot which can take full sun and is doing great. At that time, the Heliconia was surrounded by Pandanas and thought it would provide adequate shade but the Caribbean sun just too hot there.

Kell, do you have any recommendations on where to plant??? morning sun, shade, etc? I have moved my orchids into trees to try and shade them and it seems to be helping them...I would love to have the Heli's...along with birds of paradise...next to my ginger would be great but that area still gets full hot sun...thanks in advance and welcome!!

aurabest,
john

p.s. a mate of mine is moving to your land in the next few months..just needs to sell his house here in Cayman and then he is off the Ozville...I think he said about 150 km from Brisbane...don't remember exactly...just wondering where you are...
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
6:05 PM

Post #3520174

Ginger, should have said 150km's north of Brisbane...Somewhere around Maryborough???? just curious, i know it's a big place...and from the pix you post, a beautiful place...would like to dive there someday...

aurabest,
john
ginger749

May 21, 2007
6:35 PM

Post #3520265

Hi John ,
And thank you for the welcome .
These are grown in Tree shade .
They get filtered sun all day .
Right next to them are Gingers ( Wild )
And birds of paradise , They seen natural together .
In this Pic. You can see the filtered sun through Gum Trees .
I am about 80 Kilometers south of Brisvegas .
The Gold Coast . Best Beaches you will ever see .

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threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

May 21, 2007
6:54 PM

Post #3520326

eeeeks, those are huge. I almost bought seeds of them cause they were supposed to be a good houseplant...glad I didn't...

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
7:18 PM

Post #3520393

Lovely, lovely, lovely. One can only dream...
Kim
ginger749

May 21, 2007
7:24 PM

Post #3520417

Here is another Pic From the shade ,
Looking out into the sunny area and lawn .

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:02 PM

Post #3520546

We went out for a dive on Sunday, and were actually wetter on the boat than in the water. Dodging torrential downpours all afternoon. But during one lull in the precipitation, we saw the largest pod of dolphin we've ever seen in the lagoon... they were everywhere, playing in the wake and doing their lovely acrobatic thing. I guess they were trying to tell me that good things were coming our way. I got home and dumped all the excess water out of my plants and found new babies in two of my orchids! Then I noticed the Kamani was in fruit again. Anyone know anything about this one? The Marshaleese call this the "medicine tree", but I can't find anyone who can tell me why it is called that, or what to do with it...still researching, but thought I would ask. I adore Australia! One of my very favorite places. Maybe the dolphins were telling me about our new forum!?!

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ginger749

May 21, 2007
8:09 PM

Post #3520570

Nice looking tree Shari .
I will do some research tonight on your tree .
Is the Fruit edible ?
Looks a bit like our Ficus .
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:25 PM

Post #3520620

Sharks, too, eh Ginger!!! Spent 2 weeks in Cairns in 2004...best botanical collector lives there...greenhouses full of the most exotic stuff he collects!!! Arden Deardon. David Little lives off the road going to Mareeba...biggest Hoya collector/grower in the world. We drove to Cooktown for 2 days...FUN!!!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:38 PM

Post #3520654

Cairns is my favorite! Love it love it love it!

No, the Kamani doesn't look at all like a ficus in person. Guess my pic was way off here is a close-up. All I have been able to find out is that they decoct something from the fruits, which are green on the tree, fall, and you realize that they are probably filled with cement, turn brown, and start growing all over your yard!

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:39 PM

Post #3520659

Now the False Kamani or Sea Almond is a beautiful tree, large round leaves that can be used as plates. The foliage turns various shades of red and gold, and is beautiful. We had one in our yard when we moved in, but it was terribly diseased and had to be cut down.
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:45 PM

Post #3520847

I sure wish this island could sustain a pod for more than 2 weeks...absolutely the highlight of a trip aboard the Nekton for Katie and I in '05...we do get alot more men in grey suits than dolphins, so any siting is a bonus dive trip!!
Thanks for sharing!!!

j

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #3520852

ok, one or 5 more...

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #3520876

last one...

shari...leave your yum-yum yellow fins at home...wear black, no bait dangling from ears or wrists!!! LOL!!

j

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:58 PM

Post #3520888

John! i don't know how you do it! When the dolphins are playing I completely forget the camera. Gotta go for the slow stuff...this is more my speed!

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
10:04 PM

Post #3520892

Get close and use strobes...more than 1 if you can...remember, the color red disappears in 15 feet, after that, it's all green/blue without flash help!! more than an arm's reach is almost too far away!!!! (these weren't shot with a point and shoot)

what kind of turtle is that...we have a large population of Hawksbills, Greens, occasional Leatherbacks and Loggerheads...

This forum is going to be mad...in a good way!!! I haven't stopped smiling all day... I even have one of the local thieves moving rocks next door...giving him water and a wheel barrow that has air in the tire!!!! More on that later too!!


j
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
10:09 PM

Post #3520907

Will do my friend! Lol! Okay, this is my last post for the day! I have GOT to do some laundry, and packing, and house cleaning! My husband is probably going to steal my computer if I'm not ready to go when the plane leaves! Love to you all and keep our new forum busy!

Yokwe and aloha for now!

Shari

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2007
11:48 PM

Post #3521274

I'm excited about your trip, Shari. Have fun, and a safe trip. John. Keep those dolphins and the seaworld pics. coming. Ginger, what can I say about gingers. Luv, luv, luv, them all.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #3521485

Okay, I lied...posting in between chores, ha ha. I'm visiting some of the other forums that may have an interest here and inviting them over. Hope some come to join in the fun.

Ta for now,
Shari
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
1:03 AM

Post #3521525

All right!! Off to a great start!! Love all the pictures!! I wish we hadn't had the big freeze in March. It killed all the buds so we have very few plants blooming. I have to live thru you guys. lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
1:11 AM

Post #3521550

Pepper23 - Yea! - you made it! No negative waves now, this season's lack will be next season's glory! This has been a weird weather year for everyone. They keep telling us that the El Nino has met up with the La Nina and that is the problem. My daughter's name is Lanina, so she gets all the bad jokes. Poor thing, little did I know when I named her all those many years ago...sorry darlin!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
1:39 AM

Post #3521658

LOL. Poor girl. Yeah, very few of us are happy with our gardens up here this year which is why I am hanging out with you guys. Then I can enjoy your gardens. lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
1:56 AM

Post #3521745

Well, we have our share of problems too ya know! I lost three begonias to rain melt down...I don't know what is wrong with my pikake, and my firecracker flower is pouting from too much rain...didn't think that was possible for firecrackers! Also, I can't get my thumbergia to bloom to save my life! So, you are welcome to share our troubles too! We can commiserate together!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3521760

LOL. Yeah, it started out as a blockbuster year then BAM the freeze hit AND stayed. What a mess. lol. I consoled myself by spending too much money on new plants. lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #3521769

Hmmmm, sounds just like me! Logee's loves me,,, they are one of the few that will ship out here. But when my babies don't make it, my husband pouts more than I. He's also looking at $$ going in the compost bin!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
2:04 AM

Post #3521776

LOL!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:57 AM

Post #3522019

Teehehehehe, Shari never would guess Thunbergia is growing here in my neck of the woods. When she returns, I'll post mine. Though, this vine won't bloom here until Autumn.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
3:04 AM

Post #3522045

Kim, maybe that's my problem! Maybe I need to wait till autumn, but how will the plant know that it's fall???? School back in session, oh - guess I gotta bloom now... Look - scarecrows and ghosties - guess I'll put out a flower or two. Hah! I think I cut it back way too far when I had the wind panics, and now it is punishing me. Be sure you post a pic - I need to give mine a suggestion on what she's SPOSED to look like!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #3522183

LOL, I'm growing some Pumpkins too, so maybe I send you pumpkins to signal your vine, it's autumn, hurry and bloom. I'll post some pics.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
3:23 AM

Post #3522214

Looking forward to them!
rockminer
Scott Bar, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2007
4:20 AM

Post #3522382

Ginger, what a strange and beautiful flower.

I had to come over for a look at the new forum. Think I'll hang around. Have logged over 2,000 dives in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean so feel at home (and drooling) with the way the thread is going. Great fun, Thanks!!

Bill
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
4:23 AM

Post #3522389

Welcom Bill! Thank you for getting us back on track. Ginger's flower truly is beautiful, and deserves much more attention than it got. Heliconia can be so intimidating to some, but her's shows that the beauty is well worth it.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
5:46 AM

Post #3522539

Thanks everyone for your Kind Words about my Sexy Hanger .

There is also a Red Holiday .

I just loved the Pics Of the Under Water stuff ( like Bill )

I know this Forum is going to be be Fun / Active .
Well done folks for Making it So . Kell
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
6:16 AM

Post #3522554

Kell - hope you will continue to always be a part of the fun! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Oz?!?!?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
6:36 AM

Post #3522573

Yes you have mentioned it thank you .
I was born in Denmark, and lived there for 9 years .
So you see I am a foreign invader to OZ .
But this is my home now and always will be .
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:23 AM

Post #3522610

Just goes to show that transplanted plants can sometimes be the most beautiful in your garden!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
9:09 AM

Post #3522627

Just changing the subject a little .
One of our Lawn mowers Making babies .

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
11:01 AM

Post #3522753

LOL. Lawn mowers.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
1:35 PM

Post #3523076

Hey Pep ! what's you doing up at this time ?
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
1:38 PM

Post #3523085

Shari, you should try some heliconias there-as crazy as it is, I have some in the greenhouse here that I 'm gonna put in the ground in summer. I actually want to get the variety 'Sexy Hanger' ginger's lovely wife is showing. :)
ginger749

May 22, 2007
1:56 PM

Post #3523149

Hi Tropicanna ,
Welcome to the tropics ,
It's always warm here .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:06 PM

Post #3523175

Hi, Kell-funny to run into you somewhere other than the canna forum! My folks used to live where Shari does-my Dad worked on Kwajalein for several years building military housing and maintaining satellites. That's how I ended up here, cause I was interested in the happenings on Kwaj. and was keeping an eye out. Shari has been working hard on getting this forum, but stuck to her guns and I am proud for you guys. I imagine the best pics on DG are likely to come from this forum!

...sigh...so want to live in the Tropics...
ginger749

May 22, 2007
2:13 PM

Post #3523189

Well I'll try my hardest to please .
How about Back into the Pond ?

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:16 PM

Post #3523198

Very pretty -is that water lily?

Someone gave me a lotus at a swap and I made a little bucket container garden for it. I have a type of elephant ear that seems to like floating on top of it. Cats love to drink out of it.
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
2:20 PM

Post #3523206

Welcome Trop!! and the rest of you new to our New forum!!!


"Hot Topics in the Hot Tropics"

Always warm here in Cayman too!!!

Glad y'all are joining us!!!

aurabest,
john
ginger749

May 22, 2007
2:23 PM

Post #3523220

Yes that is a Lotus lilly .
The Upside down green bell like thing in the middle is the old flower .
And it is edible . Tastes Quite nice .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:24 PM

Post #3523232

Hi John! Thanks for the warm welcome! I figure if Dave and the crew were nice enough to put up this forum, I can at least give it a bit of traffic!

Must be very nice in the Caymans-you guys are in places I can only imagine going!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:26 PM

Post #3523240

Wow, so that is a lotus! Now I know what I am looking forward to! I need to look up the name of mine-something hard to pronounce-lol
ginger749

May 22, 2007
2:30 PM

Post #3523251

Here's another Pic .

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:32 PM

Post #3523260

So pretty-the centers look like sprinkler-or shower heads!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:34 PM

Post #3523266

Mine is called Nelumbo 'Chawan Basu'.

Do your's smell like anything? I guess you'd have to be in the water to tell, right?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
2:38 PM

Post #3523273

Not much scent .
They wilt within the hour if cut off .
So no good for cut flowers .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:41 PM

Post #3523280

They grow easier than I thought can't wait to see my flowers. One of these days I'll get some new pics up.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
2:46 PM

Post #3523290

How was your week end ?
Free of Out Laws ?
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:51 PM

Post #3523301

I spent most of the weekend in the yard--far awway from all the uptightness. FIL is actually somewhat interested in the garden. He always makes a point to ask what the most exotic new thing I have is. He like to think all the tropicals actually come directly from some beautiful place-and a lot of stuff I've gotten from trading, so I say, "Well , that actually came from Texas"-and he's still entertained. This weekend is free of outlaws thank goodness though.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
2:55 PM

Post #3523314

Good for you .
How are the Drums Going ?????
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
2:58 PM

Post #3523327

They are great! We love them! We need to get some stuff cleared out of our studio room so you can walk around them-DD really likes them-the symbols are great! We have so many drums that we can actually play together.

Today we are getting a new roof-so there's plenty of drumming to go around.

ginger749

May 22, 2007
3:04 PM

Post #3523339

Here is my last Lotus lily Pic .
Please enjoy .
I'll be eating them later .


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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
3:10 PM

Post #3523349

I'll have to try the edible parts-DD kinda likes flowers on her plate-even if she doesn't eat them :)

So things like water lettuce and water celery-can you eat those, too?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
3:15 PM

Post #3523361

Water celery We sure can .
I will take a Pic. today so you can see what ours looks like .
It's 1.14 am here at the mo . So Pics. when sun rises .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
3:27 PM

Post #3523387

Gosh, Kell, are you up like that all the time? I have sleep problems myself-but most nights I am in bed by 1:00am. Have a shot of Capt. and get some shut-eye!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
3:56 PM

Post #3523466

I slept between 7pm and midnight last night after dinner .
5 Hours is enough .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
3:57 PM

Post #3523470

Yes sir, I'll leave you alone about the insomnia. Are you always hyper, too?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
4:02 PM

Post #3523486

I send a lot of my Latest Pics. to all parts of the world .
Bugs , Insects , Moty Boiks , Cars , Flowers , & Clouds .
I think I'll start a Cloud Thread here later today .
Cloud Pics. are so cool . We all have them you know .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
4:14 PM

Post #3523524

We have many clouds today-along with all the clanging and stuff coming off all the shelves from the roof!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:01 PM

Post #3524106

You could just have waited for a twister .
It would have taken your roof in less than a minute ???
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
7:20 PM

Post #3524180

Seemed like it didn't take long to get the roof off, and they seem to be getting it on quickly. But they are leaving quite a mess in the yard and I am trying not to freak out cause I'm sure they will clean it up right?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #3524189

The twister would have put it in your neighbours yard .
No mess Charlie .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
7:24 PM

Post #3524192

I've never even seen a tornado-they are very rare here in this art of the country. But growing up at the beach we'd see water spouts all the time-they were really cool looking! Of course I would not want to be in the middle of one.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:29 PM

Post #3524201

Dorothy was , and look what fun she had .
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:35 PM

Post #3524210

Good Morning all! Kell, LOVED the pic of your lawn mower! Those feet waving in the air gave me a real wake-up giggle! I adore the water lillies, but that is one plant we are not allowed to grow here. No open water of any kind. The "powers-that-be" would just come destroy it...I've seen them do it. Such a shame. So I will be enjoying the ones posted here. I have one of those recycling fountains, it is constantly in motion, and they didn't even want me to keep that! Kell, I know the roo's can be/are a problem in many parts of Oz (I hope you don't mind me calling it that - if so, just tell me), do you have a problem with them - or are they just the occasional cute pic?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:40 PM

Post #3524227

We just love it when they visit .
30 years in this place and never one bit of damage .
You see they only eat Grass .
They don't touch flowers .
And they have very good manners .
Thanks Shari .
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:53 PM

Post #3524276

They certainly are well mannered! This little guy was so sweet - he just waited in the background till I had fed his mates, then came up to get his goody...I'm glad you have no problems.

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ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3524293

That one looks like it is hung over .
Blood shot eyes from to much alcohol ,lol
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
8:00 PM

Post #3524306

OMG!!lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:15 PM

Post #3524361

So THAT's why they were all so calm and well behaved! Kell - you have crushed my love affair with the roos! (sorry for the red-eye, flashes and all that). Check out this creepy crawly...this guy is as big around as my hand! Took the pic cuz DH was just about to lean on this tree while watching me play with the roos - something made him turn his head and lo! here's this guy!

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ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:25 PM

Post #3524392

Nice Pic. Shari ,
Try this link. And also try the game there .

http://www.spiderzrule.com/
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #3524415

Oh! my husband will love it! Now I remember! You posted all the pics of scary dudes on another forum...can't remember which one! I've been reading a lot of the past posts in the forums that interested me...that was you wasn't it?
ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:38 PM

Post #3524433

Yes it was .
" Wildlife Gardening "
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #3524459

You are one brave photographer! Some of those things looked like they would carry away young children!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
8:55 PM

Post #3524479

Well this one sure could .
That's my front door key .

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Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

May 22, 2007
9:11 PM

Post #3524522

Glad I found this spot great pictures, neat looking plants and animals. Envy the rain though we need it terrible here. We have had fires and smoke lots of smoke worse year here. I'm in central Fl smoke is gone right now but last week and weeks before there was plenty ash on your car in the mornings. Nice to see something new thanks enjoyed it Dana
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:11 PM

Post #3524523

Yiiiikes! Not for me...I like the sweet little underwater NICE creatures!

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:13 PM

Post #3524530

Aint skeered!!

ok, maybe a little...

john
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:22 PM

Post #3524549

Dana - Welcome! I wish I could send you some of my rain, but alas, it just doesn't pack well (oh gosh - pack - I GOTTA go do that!). What was all the smoke from? That is sure something I don't miss. Iived in San Diego - fires; Denver - fires; You have my sympathy for sure. Come in, sit awhile, and enjoy some fresh air. And from some of our humor I will repeat - fresh! Ha...really, welcome!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
9:23 PM

Post #3524551

The only time I tried to go snorkeling was in Bahamas in January-It was so cold I couldn't even stand to be in the water-I am such a wimp about cold water. It looks warmer where you guys are.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #3524602

Well, I don't know about john, but our water here is pretty much consistently 75 -80 degrees, that fahrenheit for sure! It's like taking a bath. When I was out Sunday and we had all the rain, it was warmer IN the water than OUT!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
9:49 PM

Post #3524613

Now that I can handle!I guess it gets a bit cooler if you take a boat out, though. My mom bought one of those little motorboats with the inflatable bottom while she was there, and cruised around in that thing.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
10:11 PM

Post #3524674

We were in a 6 person dive boat. There were only 5 of us, three divers and two snorkelers. I'm not crazy about the dive boats...they absolutely kill my spine anymore. And the drive back into the dock in the rain was AWFUL! The rain stung everywhere it touched it was coming down so hard! Give me a leisurely sail boat any day!!!! I love to sail - that is heaven as far as I'm concerned. But when I go out with DH, its a dive boat and only a dive boat.
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
11:16 PM

Post #3524902

My folks finally got a little motor inflatable thing (I do not know what they call it, honestly) and this summer we'll actually get to go out into Bogue Sound in it. I can't wait, I just recently started to like where I grew up, in Carteret County, NC.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
11:34 PM

Post #3524947

Nice UW Pic Shari .
We are going to miss you while you are gone .
You could take a wireless Lap Top ?
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
12:12 AM

Post #3525062

Okay, my DH is now hooked on the spider site! Don't have a lap top, but you guys will have lots of fun without me...pout, pout. Of course, I will be having lots of fun myownself, to tell you about later. Sides, I'm such a conversation hog that you will probably find that the forum moves smoother without my constant interruptions!
ginger749

May 23, 2007
12:15 AM

Post #3525069

This was taken on a recent bush walk ,
Called the Warrie Circuit .
It is a 23 Kilometre walk / climb .

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2007
1:48 AM

Post #3525349

Hey ginger, I'm up at that time of the day 5 days a week. Getting ready for work. lol

Love everyone's pictures!!
ginger749

May 23, 2007
5:58 AM

Post #3526102

Another WF on the same walk .
This is the top of the fall .

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ginger749

May 23, 2007
6:00 AM

Post #3526106

And this is of cause the bottom .

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Tropicalmajik
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
9:51 AM

Post #3526237

Hello all! The Tropical forum looks lovely! I have my internet back just in time for mom to leave... I will try to fill her shoes, but my feet are a lot bigger, and I don't know if I can post near as much as she does!

ginger- Wow your pictures are wonderful! I would have loved to be on that walk!

Now, if i have a plant I need to id, an orchid for example, should I post it here, in plant Ids, or in the orchid forum?

Nina
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
11:03 AM

Post #3526311

Hey Nina!!
Glad you are finally up and running!!! Your mom shared a link with us to some of your aquarium shots. Very Nice! I am not a member of that site and could not leave any comments on the pictures there, but now that you are here I can say I really like what you're doing with the underwater plants. Good job! Post some of them here and let the rest of the folks lurking have a look!!!

Tropicanna, the water temp here in Cayman during the summer is around 84 consistantly. Sting Ray City, and the sand bar normally get to 88 F in summer.. very shallow water, 12 feet. What's nice is the temp stays nice and warm even at maximum recreational depth, which is 130 feet, but the Cayman Islands sets max depth at 100 feet. Come on down, the water's fine...and easy to get to from Charlotte. Direct on USAirways...take about 3 hours from there to here...

aurabest,
john

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
11:10 AM

Post #3526324

Good mornin Kell,

Katie and I would love to get over there...We too would love a walkabout with you. Some fabulous photo ops there!! Both topside and underwater. We are needing a break and are thinking about a tour around that side of the planet next year. Take a month off and go for a visit...so many places to dive and we are not getting any younger...When is the best time for both top and bottom weather? Just curious as to when we should start lining up dates...as stated, sometime next year I think...Thanks in advance,

aurabest,
john

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2007
11:43 AM

Post #3526392

Wow-sounds like going for a dip in a hot tub-which rocks! I know I really want to go to Jamaica- I have a thing for Jamaican music, plus Jamaica is supposed to have more flora than any other island in the world. I bet it is expensive to hop over to the Caymans from there.
Tropicalmajik
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
11:47 AM

Post #3526405

John, thanks for the comments on my aquarium, and I will post some pics if you like. Just so you know, I had to leave the tanks in Colorado. I sold them (as-is) when we moved out here in January. I think i have a few more pics from the pre-sale ad, they aren't on webshots. My hubby wasn't as into them as I was, and the thought of starting over was too daunting. I had thought about starting a saltwater tank here, but it would never be as pretty as Mother Natures beautiful lagoon so I snorkle instead.
Now i get to deal with critters like this crab that decided to come check out hubby's fishing pole tonight after shark fishing...

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Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 23, 2007
2:48 PM

Post #3527041

John, my hubby would love to go to the Caymans since he is an avid scuba diver. Now for my question: do you have any plumeria there? Otherwise he will have to come alone...
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #3527072

That's a big ol crab, Majik! Don't eat seafood personally but that looks like he has some meat on him!

I can't spell when I type fast...bear with me!

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ginger749

May 23, 2007
3:05 PM

Post #3527111

Great Pic. of the Blow hole John .
We have a few of them here in OZ.
The most famous one being on 'The Great Ocean Road' . Victoria .

As for the best times .
It all depends on what seasons you are after .
If it's Summer / Diving etc.
June till early Sep. is our winter .
But we don't get much of one here .
But it snows in Vic. a lot .

I suppose you have heard of 'The Great Barrier Reef ?
Diving all year round . It starts about 100 Klms. above us .
We have over 1 months worth of good Bush Walking within 50 Klms of us .
I'm going to include a lot of them on here in the future . Kell
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
3:19 PM

Post #3527169

Thanks Kell for the info...not exactly sure when it may be possible for a trip but next year some time...would like to get diving, trekking, pix of my bride hanging on for dear life on the back of your Ducati...LOL!!! Just saw something on SPEED channel about a Ducati Monster Rally...some beautiful bikes on there...yeah, the Great Barrier Reef...would love to get some white shark images...that is the place!!!

DutchLady..by all means!! Both of you come down!! Plumerias for you, diving for him, plant advice for me!!!

We have the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park here. It is a wonderful place to visit as there are so many things to see. I will try to post some photos from my last visit there, including some of the endangered Blue Iguana...If I could make my garden look like that or even close, I would have something!!!

Back to work for me,

john
ginger749

May 23, 2007
4:11 PM

Post #3527362

This is still my all time favourite Pic.
Duc. Jacaranda & the wind mill .

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
4:29 PM

Post #3527429

Nice, very nice!

j
ginger749

May 24, 2007
6:57 AM

Post #3529874

Here is my Mock Orange .
It flowers 3 times a year and is evergreen .

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #3532874

And here (took me long enough, eh?) is one of my favorite heliconias..Sexy Pink. The flower is great...the leaves get that shredded look which isn't too cool but with the flower...who cares?

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3532887

That's a neat plant! Even with the shredded leaves look.
ginger749

May 25, 2007
8:03 AM

Post #3533523

Nice Pic. AlohaHoya
The plant is nice also .
Is it yours ?
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
12:14 PM

Post #3533778

Very nice, I love heliconias! Going to try and winter some in my GH, it looks like they need to get pretty big before they flower though!
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
12:36 PM

Post #3533851

Your Heli is beautiful Carol...I am working on a partial shade spot so I can try again with some here. We have had some good rains the past week and everything is doing well, even the leggy hibiscus seem to be perking up!!

Do you recommend partial shade for heli's? I really don't have many shady spots in the yard and the Cayman sun is HOT! I have failed once with a Heliconia and want to do it right this time!!!

Thanks for all the beauty on these pages...I hope to add some too, soon!!

Aurabest,
john
ginger749

May 25, 2007
3:31 PM

Post #3534438

John , Words are great ,
But you can't beat the real thing: Pictures .
Thanks for your comments . Kell
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #3534450

my garden isn't worthy of photos yet...thats why i have only posted u/w images...maybe someday...
ginger749

May 25, 2007
3:47 PM

Post #3534480

That's something I hope we all have lots off ' TIME '
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
3:49 PM

Post #3534489

John, those of us here in US would probably be amazed at the weeds over there!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
4:00 PM

Post #3534540

John...actually, the heliconias do grow best, usually, in filtered sun...for us. Sexy Pink is surrounded by trees and a big timber bamboo on one side...the trees do let in a lot of light but not a whole lot of direct sun. Maybe if you grew some of the shorter ones...they also wouldn't get wind torn.

Carol
ginger749

May 25, 2007
4:05 PM

Post #3534552

This link is from my home town .
http://www.bambooland.com.au/gardens.htm
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
4:49 PM

Post #3534705

Lovely, Ginger!!!!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
4:53 PM

Post #3534718

Beautiful-what zone are you in exactly?
ginger749

May 25, 2007
4:58 PM

Post #3534736

We don't have zones here .
We call it Hot , Hot , Or Really Hot .
So if you like Hot ? This is the place to be .
It has NEVER snowed on the Gold Coast .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
5:07 PM

Post #3534761

WOW! It rarely snows here, but, wouldn't you like to have a little snow? Just once to go sledding, have snowball fights, etc.

I don't plan to grow up, ever :)

But I never wanted to go to all these places until I saw pics. Around here I could take some shots of barbeque restaurants...new housing developments...the new dumb Wal-Mart...anyone?
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
5:24 PM

Post #3534846

I'll trade a weekend of weed watching for a trip to Walmart right now...some things hard to find here...and not to mention the cost...everything comes by boat or plane...no snow ever here either!!!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
5:54 PM

Post #3534936

Haha! I'll trade anytime, John! When my folks were living in the Marshall Islands I mailed them stuff all the time--kinda a pain but I'd rather have electroshock than go to Wal-Mart, personally-lol

caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
6:20 PM

Post #3534994

Maybe so, but a case of beer doesn't cost you 40 US dollars though...OUCH!!! maybe i should be growing barley and hops!!!!

red rum spelled backwards is murder!

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

May 25, 2007
6:27 PM

Post #3535011

Yikes! Good thing rum is my favorite...you must have plenty of that there.

My fiance grows hops and brews his own beer-you could probably buy supplies and brew your own for cheaper than that!
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
6:38 PM

Post #3535039

May have to look into that, thanks...

hmmmmmmmmmmm...a beer forum...nah, that would get ugly...

hey Kell, do you enjoy a VB now and then???

j
ginger749

May 25, 2007
8:05 PM

Post #3535356

John I prefer XXXX Gold .

VB is from Victoria ,
I'm a dinky die Queenslander .
And we drink either Bundy Rum or XXXX .

But I am very partial to Crown Lager .
It's from Vic. and costs $54 a Slab .
Tastes like the Danish Tuborg .
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
8:26 PM

Post #3535426

what's a slab?
ginger749

May 25, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #3535516

That's what we call a Box / Carton of beer .
A slab of beer is 24 small bottles in a cardboard box .
Or it can be 24 cans .
Gotta start a BAR thread .
What you Guys / Gals think ?
I did mention it last Xmas .

Maybe John should start it ?
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
9:02 PM

Post #3535549

Gosh, that seems like a lot, but I don't know the currency exchange is there...

There's never enough bars for me, Kell. We live in a dry county.
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
9:07 PM

Post #3535560

I used to live in one of those in Arkansas...man did I put some miles on the truck!!!!
I prefer Guinness but I am starting to look like a loaf of bread, so I mix it up with Heinekin...all the beer is about the same price so why would I choke down an old milwaukee when i can enjoy a greenie?

cheers, it's almost friday!! at least here...already gone for others...

j
ginger749

May 25, 2007
9:07 PM

Post #3535561

Your $ is worth about 80 Aus. cents .
Thats why US cars are so expensive here .
A new Mustang is worth more than $70,000 here .
ginger749

May 25, 2007
9:11 PM

Post #3535570

Yes John ,
I'm sitting here in Saturday 7am ,
and lovely warm sunny weather .
You yanks still have friday night to look forward to .
Now don't yall drink to much . ( red rum )
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
9:12 PM

Post #3535571

Wow, I am truly amazed at how much cheaper beer is here then. But again, I prefer Spiced Rum, beer gets so heavy on you.
ginger749

May 25, 2007
9:21 PM

Post #3535601

Next time I'm at the bottle shop I will take some Pics. of prices .

Check out our Donut Prices ???

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #3535619

Gosh!!! I will go ahead and shut my mouth--apparently our cost of living here has me spoiled!
ginger749

May 25, 2007
9:34 PM

Post #3535657

Some one on another thread told me .
They can get a dozen DN. delivered for $2 .
Are they fattening ???? I'll bet they are .

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2007
9:48 PM

Post #3535710

They are terrible for you-I know I'm weird, but I don't like them myself-never did. Thought I'd try them and got really , really sick!

Capt'n Morgan just walked thru the door---gotta go!lol
ginger749

May 25, 2007
10:06 PM

Post #3535776

I have shown this before but not on this new forum .
It's a ginger .
I wish I could take Pictures under water .
There is a whole new Garden world down there .
99% of us LL just don't get to see it .

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caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
10:47 PM

Post #3535892

Good evening kids...or afternoon for those down under(Kell)...

Finally home and glad to be here...rained most of the day here and everybody in the ground seems happy...even a bunch of new growth on my leggy hibiscus...

Kell, it seems as the Oz dollar is about equal to the CI dollar...US 1 dollar is worth 80 cents here...I get paid in CI dollars and that is a big help...they say this place is tax free, meaning you dont pay any sales tax, etc. but, there is a duty paid on everything imported and that is everything...duty is another word for tax...although duty is something you do in the morning after the first cup of coffee and tax is the only thing other than the grim reaper that you can't avoid...
enough of this..

A few of you have shown an interest in underwater images and I have a bunch to share but don't want to upset the apple cart as this is a gardening forum. Maybe I can start a new thread here in the Tropical gardening section, post some pics, and I am sure that Shari will add some to it...and see what kind of traffic the thread receives. I don't want to get into trouble nor "tee" anyone off for posting images not related to gardening...i do see forums for pets, coffee sit and chat about your day, car questions...just not sure where I should start a new thread...I made a post a few weeks ago named "not another forum" and touched on this subject...let me know what y'all think and we can take it from there...

My labrador just finished my Guiness for me so time for a new one...standing by here in cayman...

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ginger749

May 25, 2007
10:53 PM

Post #3535907

John , I think you should start it right here .
It was your Idea . I can start it if you like .
Let me know ASAP.
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 25, 2007
11:14 PM

Post #3535982

I'm thinking of a new thread so we don't distract from this one...maybe something like underwater gardens, fish, and assorted creatures of the deep!!!

The last image is of a White Ball Chorallimorph, a tube dwelling worm that only comes out at night, normally they have orange balls on the ends but I happen to know where this white one lives...an old image shot on film...have many more shot digitally as my film bill got out of hand...all digital now...shooting wise...i will declare format when posting an image, either film or digital...i can bore everyone with this...let me know what others think of this...thanks Kell

j
ginger749

May 25, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #3535998

I vote Yes .
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

May 25, 2007
11:25 PM

Post #3536015

John - very nice. Can you ID things when you know what they are? Is that a jelly fish?
I took up snorkeling on a holiday in Tahiti - before I knew how to swim. Absolutely mesmerizing. I could wax poetic about it. :-)

Try Newcastle Brown Ale. Not as heavy as Guinness (my other fav), but plenty of flavor, especially if it's not to cold. We have to send back chilled glasses all the time here.



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ginger749

May 26, 2007
12:11 AM

Post #3536197

kaperc ,
In England they drink hot beer ??
Go figure .
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 26, 2007
12:23 AM

Post #3536240

that's because they have LUCAS Refridgerators...LOL!!!!

I am a mechanic by profession and Lucas wiring...well...sometimes you drink warm beer...no offense mate...I prefer my Guiness cold!!!!...

Everything that I will post as far as underwater images...I can assure you I know what it is...I may not know my plants yet but the things I shoot u/w I do know...if not, I find out...there are forums for that kind of thing too!!!!

Thanks for the interest folks...to be continued I hope!!!

j
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2007
1:45 AM

Post #3536554

Ginger, did you say a Mustang sells for $70,000 down there? That is crazy!!! A fully loaded one sells for around $23,000 here.

John, please keep posting underwater pictures!! I love seeing them!!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

May 26, 2007
2:03 AM

Post #3536658

Oh, pooh, the beer is NOT hot in England, or Ireland for that matter. It's a nice cool temperature and the Guinness is heavenly. We keep ours in the outside pantry here, except for summer, when it goes in the fridge. If I lived where you do, I would probably want chilled glasses!

Look forward to the u/w pics.
ginger749

May 26, 2007
10:30 PM

Post #3539184

Kick start # 1.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #3539345

Wow. That area looks great!!!
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 27, 2007
1:39 AM

Post #3539772

That really is pretty, Kell! I just planted my first agapanthus-several varieties. Yours look pretty tall, so that's nice.

What's the purple shrub on the other side?
ginger749

May 27, 2007
7:58 AM

Post #3540598

Tropicanna ,
Not sure of it's name .
I'll find out tomorrow .
We call them ( jokingly ) Aganickers ?
Tropicalmajik
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 27, 2007
10:51 PM

Post #3542609

I would love to see your u/w pics! I think starting a new thread here in the tropical forum would be a great place for it. But then I am new around here and don't know all the rules either... :) I am sure Mom will ad a few of my Dad's pics, I will ad a few above water island pics once in a while, but I don't have an u/w camera (yet) !
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 27, 2007
11:28 PM

Post #3542732

Got one for sale!!! Your mom will kill you!!

j
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

May 28, 2007
1:23 AM

Post #3543124

Many years ago (eek! it's been 46!) my late brother built himself a case for a camera so he could take pictures underwater. Clever clogs, he was always doing something like that. In those days there was no such thing as an u/w camera for amateurs and he was working for Delta Airlines with lots of opportunities to travel. He camped on the beach in the Bahamas, as I recall, and fell in love with the water. I miss his ingenuity and adventurous nature.
Tropicalmajik
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 28, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #3543384

LOL I think my Dad has a u/w case, but I don't dive yet, just snorkle a lot. not as easy to do with a camera. Besides, with him around my pics snorkling are nothing compaired to the beautiful ones he gets while diving!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 1, 2007
5:12 PM

Post #3561953

Ginger...is that a Chlorophytum...? The dark red leafed bush?
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2007
5:48 PM

Post #3562093

Aloha, ginger's computer has a virus and it is getting fixed right now, but I myself am still curious about that dark-leaved beauty-lol :)
ginger749

March 21, 2011
7:49 PM

Post #8441953

I wonder if there is any of the old participants still out there ?
I will post one of my latest Pictures to see if there is.

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Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

March 22, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8442418

Very pretty colors look something like the toad lilys here
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

March 22, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8443769

Very nice looking orchid Ginger, which is it?
ginger749

March 22, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8443790

Hi Tropicbreeze,

I was told to repost that Picture here for an ID.
It was posted on the regular ID Forum and did not get one reply in 2 weeks.
Then ‘Plant File Admin' told me to post it here ;-)

Where is noonamah ?
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

March 23, 2011
1:57 AM

Post #8444382

G'day Ginger, it's just south of Darwin.

Have you tried the orchid forum here?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8446102

Hey Ginger!! Love the orchid!!
stomp2009
Santiago
Panama

April 22, 2011
7:32 PM

Post #8514300

I actually had to dig these up and move them as they were becoming invasive. Everywhere I've planted heliconias pups keep popping up!

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

April 22, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8514427

They look like the rostrata. Heliconias are very invasive. A lot of people here recommend leaving them in pots.
Plancton
zones 10 to 11
United States

December 6, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #9351819

yup Tropibreeze, H. Rostrata ...all those pendant heliconias tend to be too big, but there are some erect ones that are quite small and would fit inside a house, and still pretty... there is one red caribea I have that only gets to 4 feet on the floor, 2 in pots, and flowers. I just bought a couple more for my garden. Another erect caribea (huge one though, the plants gets to like 18 feet) have a pic, but it doesn't do justice to the flower (3 feet tall. 1 feet couple inches wide :O ) there's another small one I know but it's veeery rare and don't know the name (will post a pic as well) stays at 3 feet on the floor and its very symmetrical shaped... please, if someone knows the name let me know.
also bought some gingers, starting to like them more as I think they are more manageable than the Heliconnias

...yup Stump, it's hard work to take them out. Once they are established, those rhizomes just keep coming out. Only way is to dig at least 2 feet into the ground, and be lucky. But I think the Hedichiums are even worst, though I also got me a brand new one of those :( can imagine myself next year trying to move it from the site because something or other (too much light, too much shade...water,,,etc, etc :() Ohhh, have 100s if not 1000s of hedychium coronarium seeds available atm Ginger743... flowers are way smaller than any heliconia and most gingers, but the fragrant smell is something spectacular indeed. And they do flower in a pot and stay at 3 feet in 1 as well.
Have a good 1 gang!

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ginger749

December 6, 2012
8:33 PM

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Hi Plancton.

Love the second one of your pictures.
I would very much like some of your 1000's of seed.
But alas Australia has a total 100% ban on seed and plant material from USA.
Probably something to do with the infamous Cane Toad. (Bufo marinus)
So I will keep an eye open in my regular Nursery. :-)





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