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Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2007
2:28 AM

Post #4066991

The better to hear you with my dear!!!!

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 10, 2007
2:37 AM

Post #4067022

Those certainly are "Big Ears" Grandpa!!! LOL
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2007
2:42 AM

Post #4067038

You should have seen the bigger ears I had to cut off just so I could get it inside!!!!!
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 10, 2007
3:04 AM

Post #4067126

Too much! What do you feed those things?
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2007
4:52 AM

Post #4067328

LOL!
Remember little shop of horrors??
Heck maybe the postman, yesterday we didn't get any mail!!!!LOL



Compost!!!!!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2007
11:00 AM

Post #4067569

I thought the ones we had at work were big but yours are bigger!! lol

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 10, 2007
1:20 PM

Post #4067967

Anything besides the postman Tm?...Wow!!!!(a serious question)
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2007
6:06 PM

Post #4068740

I have some EE just like that! Thankfully, I don't have to dig them. They die down to the ground and come back when the ground warms up in the spring. Do they have a special name? Bought the bulb at a nearby nursery 3 years ago. It must have weighed 3-4 pounds itself. Now it has multiplied several times. Last year had to get the yard crew to dig and divide it. I don't know how in the world you ever do that by yourself. It took two guys here. So excited that I have something that Don does. Does that make us cousins?

LouC
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 10, 2007
9:22 PM

Post #4069265

You could make enough Poi to feed all of Kansas! That is if anyone would eat it...ugh - I really don't care for Hawaiian Poi. Much prefer Tahitian...made from breadfruit rather than taro.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2007
9:27 PM

Post #4069291

So do I have a taro plant? Everything here is just called elephant ear and until DG I didn't know there was any difference. Obviously, I still don't. Lesson, please, or point me in the direction to learn.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 10, 2007
9:31 PM

Post #4069308

I'm not sure, but most ee's are a form of or in the family of wild taro. At least I believe so. I'm sure more knowledgeable folks will correct me if I am wrong here.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 11, 2007
12:40 AM

Post #4070011

Here are my EE's...:( I did grow Taro from a taro in the supermarket once but it died in a bad Winter...must try that again...a lot better prepared now

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 11, 2007
1:22 AM

Post #4070225

My! Your's are completely different from ours...mine look more like Don's. I will try to get some pics later.
PudgyMudpies

(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2007
1:24 AM

Post #4070235

Wow, those are some big ears you have! LOL With a subject line like this one, how could I NOT come look! LOL
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2007
3:59 AM

Post #4070743

Chrissy is that the plant from Hawaii that is hard to come by,not sure about the spelling by Brigham,something like that,it has white flowers,I believe it grows in the higher elevation there,off the cliffs.

Pudgie,thats what little red riding hood said tooo!!!LOL

Lou,taro ears points down to the ground,where Alocasia ears point to the heavens!!!

I'd like to try the alocasia robusta or Gigantum ,those leaves get 12 ft long and half as much as wide,huge ears,well maybe not,would have to build a bigger greenhouse!!!

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 11, 2007
4:08 AM

Post #4070768

Sorry TM I know I am thick but I don't understand your question...in regard to?
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2007
4:11 AM

Post #4070777

Your picture of your ears above !
Shari says it looks nothing like hers!!!

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 11, 2007
4:20 AM

Post #4070794

See I told you I am thick ...ha ha ha. :)
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2007
4:35 AM

Post #4070816

You might be thick,but you still have a thin sense of humor!!!!LOL
Your something else!!!
I can't imagine anyone letting you alone by yourself!!!
Just kidding I think your great!!!

If we were neighbors the laughter would never stop!!!!LOL

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 11, 2007
4:40 AM

Post #4070826

Wouldn't it be nice! :)
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2007
4:52 AM

Post #4070855

Well this boy is off to bed,4 hours goes by fast!!!!
Then life starts all over again!!!
Nite!
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 12, 2007
1:13 PM

Post #4075007

There's a post concerning these beauties in the Aroid forum:
Aroids: Wonderful NEW EE'S from LARI ANN at AROIDIA RESEARCH

I keep lusting after these EE every time I pass by a house up the street. I'm like you, LouC, they are all EE. Kinda like my hubby thinking every cat with blue eyes is a Siamese. LOL I'm still learning...
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2007
1:19 PM

Post #4075013

Rann, They are the easiest thing I have to grow. Really take care of themselves are are so showie. After the first year, you have more from the same start and they can be spread quickly. The $8.00 I gave for the bulb like Tman's ears has given back 10 fold.

Just plant in the spring after the ground is warm and it will do it's thing from now on.
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 12, 2007
1:29 PM

Post #4075027

The nursery near me has them for $5, hubby has banned me from shopping until next year LOL! I have about 20 + plants to bring inside for winter. Funny thing is, he brings me plants all the time that customers give him, so he's helping my addiction.
Thanks for the info, I will try them :)
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2007
4:14 PM

Post #4075538

In your zone you wouldn't have to bring them in. Plant now before the first frost. They will die down but just cover with newspaper and mulch to protect the roots. Don't cut the tops yet. That is a bargain and you can see just what you have while they have "ears". Mine all started from the bulb and I didn't have a clue what they would be. Didn't know until yesterday why some reach for the sky and some droop to the ground. Doesn't really matter...I love them all. Or you could put the nursery pots together in the garage and just sort of wad newspaper all around the sides and top to protect the root. There are a lot of experts here...some posting...some lurking. My directions are terrible. Maybe this will urge someone to give you the real scoop.
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2007
3:04 AM

Post #4077383

Nice 'ears' Don!
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 13, 2007
3:30 AM

Post #4077431

Thanks,working on a new product,Organic Earmuffs!!!LOL
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2007
2:46 PM

Post #4078410

LOL!!!

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 14, 2007
11:00 PM

Post #4082890

For you TM...hi everyone :)

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 14, 2007
11:02 PM

Post #4082898

Chrissy those sure are big!
sticks_n_stones
Crosbyton, TX
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2007
11:04 PM

Post #4082906

is that greenhouse reinforced with plastic...or is it created with plastic?

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 14, 2007
11:04 PM

Post #4082909

and the little bird
bird bird ...bird is the word ...wella bird bird ...bird is the word

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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 14, 2007
11:09 PM

Post #4082928

Hi there has been chat about storing stuff in the cold ...if you can fit the pots into polystyrene boxes from the fruit shops they insulate.
Hpe everyone is enjoying the gradual cooling of the weather while we get ready to roast... augh!!!.That's why I like lots of shelter and greenery ...I don't do the heat well.
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 14, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #4082963

It was cooler today, and we had a gentle breeze. It even got windy there for awhile! It was so nice! It did rain briefly, but not for long! I don't do heat well either Chrissy!

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 15, 2007
12:11 AM

Post #4083178

Happy gardening all! :)

Do I love you... my oh my ...river deep mountain high ...yeh yeh yeh

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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 15, 2007
12:15 AM

Post #4083201

Oh how I love you baby...see the brush! ha ha ha...baby baby

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Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2007
1:41 AM

Post #4083535

Oh I wish my big bird would bloom!!!
Little one has sent up a flower stalk!

Stick,bubble solar pool cover then covered with 6 mil plastic,combined 18 mil worth of overall plastic strength.


Severe storms ,rain is coming down very very hard!!!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

October 15, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #4083832

i seem to recall reading the EE's are poisonous. does anybody know about this?

katiebear
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 15, 2007
8:54 PM

Post #4086294

Yes Katiebear, most if not part of all ee's are poisonous, or can cause skin irritations at the least. Obviously there is some way of getting the taro to an edible stage, since many people eat that, but without knowing for certain what you have, I would not suggest trying it.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #4086475

Did not know about the skin irritations...I look like a child with all kinds of bites, rashes, bumps...you name it. Possible that some of the rashes come from the many EE's I have.
If there is anything in the garden that would possibly bite, it finds me...even with 95% deet.
jimrader
Rancho Cordova, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #4086504

Have any of you grown Giant' (Aroid Plant)
SKU: 16011 Sale Price $14.95 $7.48 (Savings: $7.47)

Alocasia ‘Borneo Giant’

Alocasia ‘Borneo Giant’ - Leaves on this huge plant can reach 6 feet across and over 12 feet long! This very cool elephant ears thick- sculpted, glossy-green leaves are held upright on dramatically rigid stems. Stops visitors in their tracks! Likes shade. Zones 9 and higher.

Ships in 5 inch plastic nursery pot. 10 to 12 inches in height.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 16, 2007
1:07 AM

Post #4087303

Well I sure don't have room for something that gienormous! Maybe Chrissy or Carol with much more area than I have. Sounds like a fun plant!
texasbigleaves
Dallas, TX

October 16, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #4087334

Both EE's and caladiums break me out just like poison ivy for about one hour if i get a lot of the juce on me. I've eaten POI and UGH. is the right word for it! My Borneo Giant leaves are 60ins. long, 50ins. wide.but are really small and tiny compared to those in Florida and the tropics. Jerry
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #4087366

Just thinking about eating POI gives me shudders and I have never eaten it. I don't plan on ever eating it either.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 16, 2007
1:41 AM

Post #4087490

Tahitian poi is actually very good, sweet ...almost like a pudding - but made from breadfruit not taro. I simply can't tolerate Hawaiian poi...I'm always astonished seeing people eat it. Must be an acquired taste.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2007
2:33 AM

Post #4087703

You guys - poi tastes like nothing! It's just got a horrible texture, sort of like wallpaper paste as they say...Living here you have to get to tolerate it, every lu'au you go to in people's homes poi is served and it is made with loving care usually by the Auntie. You really can't not eat it...
Poi is made with three different thickness, one finger, two finger, three finger...Thats right - guess how you eat it!
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2007
3:46 AM

Post #4087951

LOL!!!
So is my mash potatoes,depending on how much milk I pour in before I mash them!!!LOL
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 16, 2007
4:56 AM

Post #4088096

Typical island saying..."He's as thick as three finger poi" ha ha
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2007
5:00 AM

Post #4088102

Haven't heard that one Shari!
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2007
9:53 AM

Post #4088335

Kind of like stuck in the mud!!!!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2007
6:03 PM

Post #4089699

Maybe not quite as big as Don's.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 16, 2007
9:09 PM

Post #4090220

Christi - they are gorgeous!!!!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2007
11:39 PM

Post #4090715

Well, thank ya mam. Between the EE's and the root beer plant, may not have to plant anything else next spring. They grow fast, come back, multiply and require little attention.
Can't ask for more.

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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 16, 2007
11:51 PM

Post #4090769

LouC what is a root beer plant? is that horehound?
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #4090822

Another angle of the hoja santa...root beer...could be the same as horehound. I really don't know. Smells like root beer or sassafras. They told us to wrap a leaf around fish and either grill or steam. Haven't tried it yet. Lots of pups coming up around it.

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #4091503

We ate poi when we were in Hawaii...had it with Pork and onions! It wasn't bad!

Christi, if you get too many pups, I'll take one... :0)

Hi everyone!

Jeanne
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 17, 2007
3:14 AM

Post #4091626

Lou yours must be bigger than mine,I don't see you at all in the picture!!!!LOL

Lou don't they make a tea out of the leaves as well????
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2007
9:00 AM

Post #4092060

Right, Don. Those EE's just plain covered me up. Be glad to send you some, Jeanne. I don't know how but Mitch is coming this weekend and he can show me how. I still owe Janet yellow ice plant.
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

October 17, 2007
9:57 AM

Post #4092109

If you offer me some rootbeer next spring,I'd glady except!!!!
Two too many ears now!!!!LOL
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2007
12:04 PM

Post #4092356

LouC those EE are pretty! We have a row of cedars beside the house along a fence acting as a windbarrier. Some of them are leaning and I told hubby maybe we should cut them down and plant the upright EE's in their place LOL!
I have never heard of root beer plant either. Something new for me to look for.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2007
2:05 PM

Post #4092752

We bought it under the name of Hoja Santa. I believe it is in the PlantFiles.

Dies completely to the ground as does the EE...and comes back as soon as the ground is warm. It is beginning to go dormant now...has lost several leaves due to the shorter days.
mistygardener
Saint James, MO
(Zone 6b)

November 2, 2007
4:24 AM

Post #4149268

WOW! Now I am wishing I had purchased the Hardy ones at Lowe's when on clearance! That is quite a set of ears! The way you put it is what drew me here as well! Too cute! Misty
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2007
10:00 AM

Post #4149461

Thanks
Yes and this proves,gardening for kids is just as much as fun for kids as it is for us grown ups!!!
Grand kids just love running around the garden,and under the huge ear plants!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 2, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #4151636

Yep... all the Easter Egg hunts, and hide and seed games are in my garden...as DD puts it, mine has more "crooks and nannies" than her's does. Ain't grandparentin' fun?!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 3, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4152268

Ohhh, Thank goodness, I finally got the PC running again.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 3, 2007
2:42 AM

Post #4152410

I hate it when my pooter's down...just makes me crazy! Welcome back!
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2007
4:01 AM

Post #4152603

LOU,well I hope you can catch it before it gets away again!!!LOL
jimrader
Rancho Cordova, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2007
6:03 AM

Post #4152779

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LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 3, 2007
3:19 PM

Post #4153585

Would you believe those are the exact same programs that I run? Next door neighbor is a programmer and he finally came over and did whatever it is that he does. Back up. Don, you made me laugh out loud. ROFLOL. Thought I would never figure out what that meant.

Good day in the neighborhood.

Tks for the information, Jim. Helps to know I have good protection. Think I got the recommendation from PC World magazine. I don't know how but I get it every month. didn't even subscribe.

Off to see the wizard.

Christi
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 4, 2007
4:06 AM

Post #4155687

Christi,I wondered if you'd catch that!!!!!LOL
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2007
2:20 PM

Post #4156362

Don, my above posting was confusing as usual. I got the "pc running". It is all of these initials that sometimes baffle me...as in ROFLOL.

Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2007
2:27 AM

Post #4158448

I know it takes me several minutes to guess what everybody is saying with all these fancy abbreviations!!!!
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2007
5:09 AM

Post #4158844

At least y'all are starting to get the hang of it...it's mostly all greek to me still!

This message was edited Nov 5, 2007 9:47 AM
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2007
12:06 PM

Post #4159165

It still takes a few for me too. lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 6, 2007
1:55 AM

Post #4162058

Rolling on the floor laughing out loud. Rolling on the floor laughing my a.. off.

My grandson's favorite...LSHIFOTB...Laughing so hard I fell off the branch...

I have as much fun with the alphabet soup as I do with the post's themselves! ☺
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #4162062

"LSHIFOTB...Laughing so hard I fell off the branch"


I never saw/heard that one! Cute, I will add that to my collection of soup, thanks!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #4162066

Easy to tell who does text messaging on their cell phone. 'nuther whole language all together...
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2007
1:59 AM

Post #4162071

I can't manage that, I have butter fingers on those little teeny keys on the phones!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #4162078

yuo shloud go to the Texas froum . Funeisnt thnig ever. Wroes tahn gip litan.
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #4162087

Hee hee, that took me a while to decipher!
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #4162100

LouC, it looks like you all had a great RU, I like the dress you made!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #4162106

I text message but I don't use codes. Takes too long to deciper!! LOL

Love the branch one too!!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2007
2:11 AM

Post #4162120

Tks, Have been dragging out all my really old things that should have been pitched a long time ago. Mibus2 posted the funniest thing I have ever read. Just d-mailed her because I can't find it. Maybe she will answer tonight.

Christi
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 6, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #4162351

Speaking of funny...this is long, but more than worth the read...have fun everyone!

If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet
syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish, the
story below will have you laughing out LOUD!



Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet.
Here's what happened:

Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was
"something wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in
his room. "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm
serious, Dad. Can you help?" I put my best lizard-healer expression on my
face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little lizards was
indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what
to do.

"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"



"Oh, my gosh!" my wife exclaimed. "She's having babies."

"What?" my son demanded. "But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!"

I was equally outraged.

"Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to
reproduce," I said accusingly to my wife.



"Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she inquired (I think she
actually said this sarcastically!)



"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!"

I reminded her, (in my most loving, calm, sweet & non-conspicuous voice, while
gritting my teeth).



"Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.



"Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know," she informed me (Again with the sarcasm!).

By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on.
I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it. "Kids, this is going to
be a wondrous experience," I announced. "We're about to witness the
miracle of birth."

"Oh, gross!" they shrieked.



"Well, isn't THAT just great? What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know. We peered at the patient. After much struggling,
what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.



"We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.

"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.



"Do something, Dad!" my son urged.



"Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when
it next appeared, giving it a gentle tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.



"Should I call 911?" my eldest daughter wanted to know. "Maybe they could talk us through the trauma." (You see a pattern here with the females in my house?)



"Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly.

We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.



"Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.



"I don't think lizards do Lamaze," his mother noted to him. (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one thing, but this boy is of her womb, for God's sake.)

The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass.



"What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically.



"Oh, very interesting," he murmured.

"Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I speak to you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.



"Is Ernie going to be okay?" my wife asked.



"Oh, perfectly," the vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen. . . Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie is a young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they um . . um . masturbate. Just the way he did, lying on his back." He blushed, glancing at my wife.



We were silent, absorbing this. "So, Ernie's just . just . . excited," my wife offered.

"Exactly," the vet replied , relieved that we understood.



More silence.

Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And giggle. And then even laugh loudly.

"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness.



Tears were now running down her face. "It's just that ... I'm picturing you pulling on its . its. . . teeny little .. She gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more.



"That's enough," I warned.



We thanked the vet and hurriedly bundled the lizard and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was going to be okay.



"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you did, Dad," he told me.

"Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter!"


Two lizards: $140.


One cage: $50.

Trip to the vet: $30.

Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's winkie:

Priceless!

Moral of the story: Pay attention in biology class. Lizards lay eggs!

Mibus2
(Phyllis) Flint,, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2007
3:56 AM

Post #4162555

Well I don't know if LOuC is on or not she hasn't replied to me since I answered her and since I popped over to look at pictures and dream of being on an island somewhere and ran across this thread I will post it for her.
but I have to admit that was a great laugh reading the lizard story only in my house it would have been me doing it not my husband


for fun who all can read the following and understand what it says??????

Brain Stuff . . >From Cambridge University .

O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2007
4:38 AM

Post #4162644

M2 I can read that just find,Lou,still can't figure yours out!!!!LOL

Can't type but with only one finger that is why my messages are always on the short side!
Text message are you kidding me,I can still talk,sometimes hearing might be a problem!!!!

Picked this tonite as I was locking down the greenhouse for the evening!

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Mibus2
(Phyllis) Flint,, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2007
5:04 AM

Post #4162696

Is that a tropical hibiscus????
That is Beautiful..where can I find one???? LOL

keep in mind I am new to some plants as I moved from northern Illinois to Texas this year and could never keep anything "fancy" alive up there.

no problem on short messages... it works *S*

Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2007
5:36 AM

Post #4162745

Yes the red hibiscus is from a variegated snow queen,and the white is pumilia ,orchid cactus,which is very fragrant.
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2007
6:15 AM

Post #4162771

Lovely flowers TM!

Cute story Shari! LOL Good night all!
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2007
11:33 AM

Post #4162952

Tropicman, what a beautiful combination!
Cathy
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2007
2:33 PM

Post #4163580

oh hohohohohahahheheh I went to bed too early. Shari, do you and JB have lizards? hahahaha

Don, The was my poor attempt to mimic. s/b worse than pig latin. I could easily read Phyllis's paragraph. Guess I'm just not brilliant enough to copy it. Still makes me laugh out loud. The hibiscus is beautiful. I have a very large tropical outside and have decided not to dig and pot. Bought a special kind of freeze blanket at HD. Will probably put Christmas lights on it and cover when we have the worst of our three day winter.

LouC
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2007
4:08 PM

Post #4163924

Just ran across a picture of the hibiscus. It was planted in a very large bowl shaped planter for a long time. Don't know how it came about but there are two root systems entangled. One is double red and the other is yellow. Makes a very interesting bloom time. Still blooming several a day.

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Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2007
4:20 PM

Post #4163973

Love the flower combinations, both Christi's and TM's..
Here is a silly photo of Frank doing his Island girl impression...

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LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2007
7:10 PM

Post #4164555

Oh what fun! Such a huge hibiscus. I've not grown one of those...yet. Have a sneaky feeling my garden is going to be very different next spring.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 6, 2007
11:36 PM

Post #4165325

Keep your eyes out all, in a while an article I wrote on Tropical Hibiscus will be published and you'll see how easy they are to grow. Such beauties!

Mibus 2 - I had a physcology prof in college that gave a final exam entirely printed like that to proof his point of "we see what we expect to see". Made a big impression on me - probably why I enjoy those 3-D pictures and MC Esher paintings. Ha ha.

Christi - glad you enjoyed the lizard story...I laugh every time I think about it.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2007
12:34 AM

Post #4165561

whoohoohoohoo! Dark way too early with this time change.
Mibus2
(Phyllis) Flint,, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2007
1:07 AM

Post #4165701

I brought my two hibiscus plants in tonight since they say we may have a frost don't want to lose them they both have buds on them again BUT I LOVE the pictures y'all are posting ...
Tropicman now that you have told me what they are I am going to have to go looking for them lol

Braveheartsmom wow that is a big flower just beautiful!!!

(pouts) I wanna have a greenhouse so I can grow such lovely flowers year round LOL

almost forgot we were talking about pets and different ones at work today and I mentioned the lizard story and my boss got a good chuckle out of it too

This message was edited Nov 6, 2007 7:15 PM
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2007
1:13 AM

Post #4165725

Covered my Hibiscus tonight. It only takes a few hours of cold to hurt it. Supposed to be higher temps the rest of the week..but as I said..only a few hours.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #4166096

I have gotten that lizard story by email a few times. It is a good one. lol

I have a new plant in my collection now. A passiflora colinvauxii. Someone brought them into work one day and said free to good homes. Since I have heard all about them I had to grab one. It is now sitting in front of my southern facing window which I keep the blinds closed on most days so it don't get burned.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2007
8:49 AM

Post #4166797

Pepper, I've followed you around for over a year now. I have never known where you work...or rather what kind of work. Obviously, it is wonderful because you are involved with plants. That would be great for all of us plant addicts. Good on you.

LouC
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2007
10:51 AM

Post #4166835

LouC,3day winter!!!LOL
And your already cold enough to cover your Hibiscus?Gonna be a long winter!!!!

BH,Goes great with Franks shirt!!!!LOL
M2,sunny window will keep them blooming thru the winter as well!
Pepper,exactly where do you work?Haven't heard of that passie,what color of flower might that be?
Shari,can't wait to read your hibiscus article!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2007
12:08 PM

Post #4166893

I work here. www.powellgardens.org

TM, It is supposed to have small, fragrant purple and white blooms. It also has varigated leaves.

Supposedly the person bought them from here: www.gkexoticplants.com/

Here is a pic of it. www.gkexoticplants.com/images/flowers/Flowerz/P._colivauxii[1].jpg
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2007
4:47 PM

Post #4167830

Wow. Pepper. That's not work. I would be ready to go to work everyday. What a beautiful place. Are you and administrative assistant?

Christi
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 7, 2007
10:05 PM

Post #4168859

HAHAHAHAH no...Pep gets down in the mud with the plants. Actually I don't know, but I do know that she works her tail off lifting and toting, and getting all costumed up. Without the lifting and toting it would sure be a wonderful job for me! Lucky girl!
Mibus2
(Phyllis) Flint,, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 8, 2007
12:37 AM

Post #4169303

wow Pepper I would gladly work at a place like that any day outside is my favorite place to be
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2007
12:47 AM

Post #4169341

Are you kidding me?????
To work in the closest thing to heaven!!!
Lucky you!!!!!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2007
1:04 AM

Post #4169393

LOL. I'm not a gardener there though the gardeners wish I was. I do help them out sometimes though.

I also help out sometimes during events. I will get in costume, light candles, whatever needs done if I am able to do it.

This message was edited Nov 7, 2007 7:53 PM
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2007
1:20 AM

Post #4169434

Here is a waterfall at work. Part of the Rock and Waterfall garden. This is not a *real* waterfall. lol. Manmade.

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LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2007
3:07 AM

Post #4169870

Oh my gosh. And you've been keeping this under your hat all this time. I'm hyperventilating. puff, puff, puff
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

November 8, 2007
5:14 AM

Post #4170267

Beautiful Waterfall. This is just like the one that lives in my head!
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2007
5:28 AM

Post #4170305

I can hear the sound it makes,200 miles away!!!!
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 8, 2007
11:23 AM

Post #4170582

What a beautiful water feature, must be great to go to such a neat workplace everyday.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

November 8, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #4172036

Pepper - show em the Chapel...its so cute! Lovely area.
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 9, 2007
12:24 AM

Post #4173294

Love the waterfall Pepper! Must be a joy to go to work everyday! What a blessing to work there!

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

November 9, 2007
1:30 AM

Post #4173581

Oh, that's only a small part of the waterfall. I don't get to listen to it because it is in the woods and I am very rarely in there. It actually gonna be shut off pretty soon because we don't want to bust any pipes this winter. The chances of that happening are high because we keep swinging from 60s to 20s regularly.

I will find a pic of the Chapel and post it.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2007
1:34 AM

Post #4173602

Here it is.

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LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 9, 2007
1:59 AM

Post #4173678

Beautiful, Pepper. Do you ever an opportunity to visit the Chapel?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2007
2:01 AM

Post #4173685

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

November 9, 2007
2:18 AM

Post #4173727

Here is the ceiling on the inside.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2007
2:21 AM

Post #4173737

Forgot pic.

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 9, 2007
3:07 AM

Post #4173879

Pepper, that is so pretty! Love it!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2007
12:01 PM

Post #4174644

Here is what it looks like inside.

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Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2007
5:52 AM

Post #4177878

Much bigger than I thought,really pretty!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2007
8:35 PM

Post #4179525

It's not that big really. lol. The pic makes it look big. It can seat up to 125 people.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 10, 2007
9:39 PM

Post #4179653

That is just right for any facility termed "chapel". Always intended to be small and intimate. Great place for meditation and prayer.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2007
2:53 AM

Post #4180743

Yep, you described it perfectly. There is another one that is similar that is called Thorncrown. Designed by the same architect. It is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Never been there though I have heard of it.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 11, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #4181706

I thought the chapel looked familiar. I have been to the one in Arkansas more than once.

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