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Tia’s snapshots of Hawaii, Day 3

I think that’s Graptopetalum growing on the rocks, with Aloe in the front.

One final day in Hawaii with Tia Scarce. Tia, thanks so much for this little mini vacation! If anyone else has gone anywhere green lately, please do share! But if your garden is looking particularly lovely in the snow, we still want to see it, too. And don't forget photos from last season! Email me at [email protected]. Thanks!

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)
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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From the moonscape on Mt. Haleakala, this is the silver sword plant only found at high elevations on Maui.

Very shallowly rooted, the silver sword is protected on Maui. It’s a real stunner in the volcanic landscape.

So lush, so many plant combos

The ‘Iao Valley

Nice color echoes between the Brugmansia and the Cordyline at Kepaniwai Park Heritage Garden, which celebrates the immigration that created today’s Hawaii.

We got a short education on sugar cane at a vodka distillery. So many different kinds and some hardy to zone 6a. Who knew?

I thought the sugar cane was really pretty and tortured my companions by stopping at each variety to point out the interesting color differences. The sugar cane industry played a huge part in Hawaii’s history.

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    meander_michaele 01/15/2015

    I agree, Tia, the horizontal segmenting and coloration on those sugar cane stalks are quite eye catching. I'd probably have been just as intrigued if I had been along. Plus, that's quite a good looking threesome of plants and rock in your first picture.

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      Thank you. I tried growing Graptopetalum once, a type supposedly hardy to 7b, but it didn't make it through the first winter. Pity.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/15/2015

    So sad that vacation is over! The silver sword is like some bizarre star trek landscape element. Pretty much meets my criteria for the best plant ever: gorgeous symmetrical form, silver leaves and wildly unusual. Thanks for sharing, Tia!

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      Were I to go up there in there dark as some people do to await the sunrise, I would fully expect the silver sword to be luminescent. In that context it really was doubly amazing.

      I suppose Star Trek is possible, but my mind went to early James Bond ...

  3. VikkiVA 01/15/2015

    Your pictures were so beautiful and a real joy to see after so many rain filled, cold days here in SE Virginia. Having lived on the islands of Trinidad and Guam (dad was in the Navy) as a child I have sweet memories (excuse the pun) of getting pieces of freshly cut sugar cane stalk and chewing on them. I had no clue you could grow sugar cane all the way north to zone 6a. Vikki in VA.

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      Vikki, what an adventure-filled childhood that must have been! I, too, remember on chewing on sugar cane as a child. My parents must have brought it back from one of their trips. I looked up the plant when I came home because it seemed like it might be a good screening element in a big garden. A bit messy, though.

  4. greengenes 01/15/2015

    Well I sure didn't think the last two days could be topped but the silver sword takes the prize! Totally awesome, OMG, wow! Etc... Thanks Tia for expanding our vision of plants and excitement in the plant world!

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      You're welcome, and see you at the show!

  5. GrannyMay 01/15/2015

    Beautiful way to end the show! That rare and endangered silversword is gorgeous. Thanks Tia. If you ever put together a tour of Hawaiian botanical gardens, let me know!

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      It could happen! These comments have sparked my imagination.

  6. sheila_schultz 01/15/2015

    What a lovely holiday, and we didn't even have to hassle with the airlines! I am with Tim about the silver sword. I had never sen one before and it took my breath away. Thanks Tia for a fun 'winter break'!

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      My pleasure! If you ever do want to hassle with an airline, choose Hawaiian. They were another very pleasant surprise on this trip, as was the Kahului airport with the breeze blowing through ... oh my, I could go on.

  7. GrannyCC 01/15/2015

    Thanks Tia for a beautiful tour down memory lane. I have been to Maui several times and I am always amazed at the variety of plants. One year we drove by a large bank of poinsettias in someones front yard. Quite a sight!

    1. digginWA 01/15/2015

      Things like that really drive home the fact that you've gone someplace else. Best wishes for speedy healing next month.

  8. schatzi 01/15/2015

    Thanks for the tour. I'm ready to sign up for the Hawaiian garden tour, too. That silver sword is gorgeous. As are all the flowers and greenery.

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