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Quarantine Projects

  • Monday, August 10, 2020 4:29 PM
    Reply # 9156957 on 9073165

    Wow Rick,  your paths are really impressive, did you do it all by wheel barrow or did you have some help from an excavator?  

  • Saturday, August 08, 2020 4:32 PM
    Reply # 9153010 on 9073165

    Besides shoveling all the cinder and gravel, I obviously enjoy watching the palms and other plants flourish. Here are a couple of photos comparing the newly planted baby palm with the palm today.

    The Metroxylon amicarum next to my front gate was planted in December 2013 from a 5 gallon pot. The palm is growing into a monster after nearly seven years, but has not quite started to trunk yet. Over the years I have tried and failed to germinate dozens of M. amicarum seeds. This spring I finally hit the jackpot with one. I already have a spot in the garden reserved for it once it has a few more leaves.

    I got the Corypha umbraculifera as a seedling at the February 2017 HIPS banquet. I was warned that they are super slow growers, but I was motivated by photos of large trees. After three years it is beginning to take off opening a new frond about every five weeks. It is almost five feet high. At this rate it should start to become an eye-catcher in another few years.

  • Saturday, August 08, 2020 4:20 PM
    Reply # 9152977 on 9073165

    As many HIPS members saw during the recent garden tour, my place is a construction site. I've been spreading black cinder and mulch on top the lava bedrock for the past seven years to create spots to plant palms. More recently I began building gravel paths through the garden. Because my property is so uneven, this has required building several sets of steps to climb over lava formations. Here are some examples. You can see how the project progressed in the four panel diagram. The photos were taken from different perspectives so it a little hard to orient the view, but I circled an orchid in a nearby tree for reference.

    In the second diagram I show the before photo from June 2020 and the nearly complete steps in August 2020. This pathway took 20 tons of gravel. Altogether I have spread 80 tons with another 20 ton pile waiting for my attention.

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020 4:42 PM
    Reply # 9073211 on 9073165

    Michael and I don't have a palm garden here on Maui, but I volunteer at The Merwin Conservancy where we help manage the palm collection.  Michael is posing next to a Physokentia spp.  One of our tasks is to take photos of palms that have unknown species names when they develop flowers or fruit and then send the photo to experts for identification.

    Last modified: Wednesday, July 01, 2020 4:55 PM | Anonymous
  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020 4:16 PM
    Message # 9073165

    What have you been doing in your garden while we are in Quarantine?

    Last modified: Wednesday, July 01, 2020 4:52 PM | Anonymous

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