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Post by Breezey Breezey on Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:34 am

Neat and tidy look or wild grown look? This year, I'd like to just plant a ton of seeds of all varieties and let the flowers grow! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:27 pm

I like any kind of garden, but prefer the wildflower look to a formal garden. It's closer to how they grow naturally. In the wild, flowers don't grow in neat orderly rows!

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:01 pm

I also like the natural look, not manicured. The only thing I don't like are the weeds. When I had my garden I had everything mixed in the garden, flowers and veggies all together and climbing roses, in a couple different spots.
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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:31 pm

Thanks to a certain bunny rabbit, these Texas Bluebells will now be part of my flower garden. I have the seeds! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Must send that bunny a huge thank you!
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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:56 pm

I got some too, aren't they cool. I have to be careful here as they could be an invasive species as things grow here all year long. I will have Maui all blue,lol. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:24 pm

I hope they really are invasive!!! That won't bother me at all! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Ya see.... I think they're very pretty and want to take over the world with them!
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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:29 pm

Over here they can fine you for doing that, but I am going to grow some in a pot, they are so pretty and blue is my fav color.
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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:41 pm

A fine for growing a flower! That is because it's a most evil thing to do! lol
I have heard of fines for picking them... not growing them. lol

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:51 pm

They only want indiginous plants here so they don't take over. Sorry I didn't make the rules. Everything grows all year here and some plants have taken over some of the forests choking out what is suppossed to be growing here. I can make a phone call to the AG dept and ask them abouth those flowers, I might just do that. We have no poison oak, poison Ivy, no snakes, things like that they don't want here as nothing was here in the very beginning. The Polynesians brought with them only things that are useful such as papaya, for food, breadfruit trees for food, coconut palm trees for food, Mango's for food, taro which makes poi for food, the red ginger for funerals and decorations, just practical things, but then we have trees from Australlia, plants from other parts of the country for decoration, but they are all manageable.We have a very sensitive environment here.
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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:54 pm

It makes sense Ron. I am also learning we may have similar laws that I never even knew about.

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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:00 pm

Many areas, such as Florida for example, learned the hard way about invasive non-indigenous plants such as kudzo, which seemed like a nice ground cover that was cold hardy and could keep soils from eroding. Now it has taken over many ares and choked out native plants, and it is almost impposible to eradicate once it has taken root.

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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:03 pm

Kudzo! We posted about that on old Yafooey!
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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:05 pm

You got it Tater, we also have a plant similar to that they are working on eradicating. Once it gets going its hard to stop it, and it does take over everything [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:11 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]That vine gros so fast it climbs up the power poles and will covr the power lines.


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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:12 pm

Ron, what is that plant? It looks to me to be a veggie of some sort?

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:14 pm

It's an Ivy Gourd. That plant will cover power lines , just everything. I posted a link that explains it.
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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:16 pm

Looks like it's called ivy gourd, which seems like an appropriate name. I wouldn't worry about bluebonnet, Breezey, since they will die back in the winter.

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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:20 pm

I see. It doesn't even really belong there. Makes you think people would take a better look at what it's doing where it originates, before taking it elsewhere.

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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:23 pm

That's just it, in it's native habitat, there are usually reasons that aren't always obvious why it isn't obnoxious, like animals that eat the plant, for example, or diseases that don't affect the plant somewhere else.

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:25 pm

People just don't realize our growing season which is all year long and they bring over something they think is pretty and boom, it takes off and smothers out everything in its path.At the airport we have AGRICULTURE people to check , but with the budget crisis, they layed a lot of them off.
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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:34 pm

Not everything that isn't native is bad though. Apples, for example, were brought here from Europe and Asia.

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:39 pm

Yes you are right, we have apple trees in the higher elevations, we have Koa trees, eucalypytus trees from Australlia, Monkey pod trees from ????, but they are a great shade tree, milo trees, many plants that are beneficial. The breadfruit tree, the fruit is so good, it tastes like a potatoe when cooked properly. I love em, but they have no shelf life, once they are ripe, they must be cooked and eaten. The fruit is about the size of a coconut, it's green and sticky.
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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:41 pm

I've heard of breadfruit, but never eaten it. It's not generally available here, I believe it's a tropical plant.

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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:44 pm

Tater Salad wrote:That's just it, in it's native habitat, there are usually reasons that aren't always obvious why it isn't obnoxious, like animals that eat the plant, for example, or diseases that don't affect the plant somewhere else.

Good point.... maybe try greenhouses first? lol

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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:49 pm

The problem with growing things in a greenhouse is that it doesn't replicate natural conditions.

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Post by Breezey Breezey on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:53 pm

I give up! lol
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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:59 pm

Remember what grows here loves the salt air, the coconuts grow along the ocean, the breadfruit trees thrive in heat, so does papaya and mango's so it would be nearly impossible to make a green house like that with those conditions.
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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:02 pm

I want papaya and mangos! The estate I stayed on in Jamaica had a papaya tree. I love them and mangos. And Juice coconuts.

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:22 pm

Tater, we have so many I am burned out on them except coconut. Strawberry papaya's are whats good. WOW You lived in Jamaica, awesome. You should see the mango trees we have. In Lahaina they are every where and they are huge trees, that in spring just get loaded with mango's. Papaya's are good though. Where I used to work we had plenty of them, and apple banana's. I was always coming home with goodies.
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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:44 pm

I didn't live there, I just stayed there for a week. A friend's father owned a nice little spread, about 500 acres and a big old house on a hill, about 5 miles inland, but on a clear day you could see the ocean from the top of the hill. Nice place to visit!

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Post by hoaloha on Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:50 pm

Did you try their rum. Boy, that sounds awesome, 500 acres.
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Post by Tater Salad on Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:59 pm

Yep! You can get a bottle of Appleton's for about $4 a bottle!

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