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Garden Photo of the Day

Tia’s snapshots of Hawaii, Day 2

I thought this foliage mix was lovely. That rambunctious Helichrysum was huge.

More photos from Tia Scarce from her visit to sunny Hawaii! In case you missed it yesterday (HERE), she said, "Does anyone need some color inspiration in the middle of winter? I recently visited Hawaii for the first time and took way too many plant pictures. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of landscapes and experiences available there, from beach to mountaintop, arid to tropical. Most of these photos were taken at Kula Botanical Garden in the “upcountry” part of Maui. I wish I had more wide shots but it was like being in the jungle without much chance for that long view. I’ve no idea what most of these are but identified what I do know." One more batch of photos tomorrow!

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Come and meet up at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!

I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!

The RSVPs so far:

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
May Kald (GrannyMay) – tentative
Catherine Campbell (CrannyCC) – tentative
Tia Scarce
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Sheila Schultz
Shirley Graves
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)
Kielian DeWitt (Annek)
Linda Skyler (Meelianthus)
Kathy Schuler

So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton?  I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…

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One of those plants you just have to touch when you pass by …

If I could have brought one thing home, it would have been this Leucadendron argenteum, a South African native. Sadly, it is only hardy to 9a. It is also endangered in its native range.

Time to repot?

So much color, so many weeds. Must not pull.

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  1. greengenes 01/14/2015

    How could anyone not like plants and gardening! What wonderful colors and forms there are in this part of the world! Absolutely beautiful all these pictures are. Thanks so so much Tia for sharing these with us. I will be saving these photos for a while!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 01/14/2015

    It just always blows me away when I see plants that are definitely in my "must be coddled" department growing so vigorously in the ground as in pictures like you're sharing, Tia. I'm a big fan of what I call the 'Panda' plant in my succulent arrangements (the bluish gray velevty leafed one with brown edges) and yet, there, it is...just growing away. And, wow, that orangy spiral thing...like a living Chihuly glass work of art.

    1. digginWA 01/14/2015

      Thanks for the ID. I see panda plant is in the Kalanchoe genus and comes from Madagascar. "In nature, Kalanchoe tomentosa grows to several feet in height." Note to self: Add Madagascar to the botanical world cruise.

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        meander1 (Michaele ) 01/14/2015

        I seem to be having great success in wintering over my panda plants indoors..first. year I've bothered to try..so it will be nice to start out with larger ones when I begin putting together some succulent arrangements for outdoors. However, I can't imagine them ever get as tall as several feet in height no matter how I baby them. Thanks for letting me know that they belong to the Kalanchoe genus since I have only known them by their nickname.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/14/2015

    That silver leucadendron is so cool. That bark is even more beautiful than those gorgeous leaves. Thanks, Tia!

  4. NCYarden 01/14/2015

    Just amazing, almost alien. Don't get to see these types of plants regularly. Totally digging the orange tentacle. Thanks

  5. Annek 01/14/2015

    So fun to see what grows in tropical climates. Great photos!

  6. user-374644 01/14/2015

    What stunning examples of plant patterns and repetition even in the insect pattern in the picture below the over grown tree in the pot, look at the pattern in the flower leaf.

    1. digginWA 01/14/2015

      I thought that was cool, too, akin to the tidy sapsucker damage we have here.

    2. jbsgarden 01/14/2015

      Don't you think that the insect damage occurred before that leaf unfurled? Wonderful color and abundance to see in midwinter!

  7. GrannyMay 01/14/2015

    More great photos! Thanks Tia!

    This is the link to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens on the big island. Guaranteed to bring dreams of visiting or living there! http://www.htbg.com/

    1. digginWA 01/14/2015

      Thanks for the link. I looked at their Facebook pictures. It's dreamy. I'd have to locate myself nearby so I could spend some real time there. Kula, where I took most of my photos, started out as a display garden for a landscape architect, if I recall correctly, and grew into a tourist attraction. It's more of a fun, funky stop for anyone motoring around upcountry Maui.

  8. VikkiVA 01/14/2015

    Loved all your pictures and I especially loved your comment about not pulling the weeds. We gardeners have to fight the urge sometimes! Vikki in VA

  9. GrannyCC 01/14/2015

    Thanks for another day of amazing plants Tia.

  10. debralacy 01/14/2015

    Love the Ponytail Palm! It's so Dr. Seussie looking.

  11. Sheila_Schultz 01/14/2015

    More fun on Day 2, can't wait for another color fix tomorrow!

  12. PerenniallyCrazy 01/14/2015

    You have a great eye for brilliant colors and textures Tia! Thanks.

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