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!!
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...
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...
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 .
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!?!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!!!
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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. :)
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!
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.
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.
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 .
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?
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.
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?
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!
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?
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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...
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,
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.
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...
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
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!!!
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!!
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.
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 .
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...
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...
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
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.
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!!!
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!
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) !
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.
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!
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!
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.