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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2006-08-06 11:03 am   Permalink

I don't think that because people on a website dont agree with your taste you should change anything.
At the time you posted it you were proud of your work and I would think you enjoyed spending time there. If it makes you happy keep it the way it is!! I don't like to wear Hawaiian shirts, and just because lots of people here do doesn't mean I will. I respect that they like those shirts , just not my thing.

I thank you for taking the time to share your home space and I am sorry that you may not have gotten the warmest of responses.


 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3288
From: Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2006-08-06 11:40 am   Permalink

Your bananas and taro are incredible! I really like your little bridge from the lawn to the deck, it's sort of like walking a plank.

If I were you I'd turn that dry waterfall into an active one, with pele shooting water out her hat(I know, she's a fire deity and all)

Garden tikis are hard to find, I've only got three so far!(not including the 6 solar PMP guys)

Enjoy your yard, I know I spend far too much time with the up-keep, and not enough time just sitting around relaxing in it.
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drslingshot
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Joined: Apr 17, 2006
Posts: 56
From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-06 3:18 pm   Permalink

thanks rodeotiki, I was just thinking the same thing myself. We truly enjoy our little niche hidden in our back yard.

 
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drslingshot
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Joined: Apr 17, 2006
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From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-06 3:23 pm   Permalink

tikiwahine, many thanks for the compliments. You noticed the plank good eyes. We do spend alot of time on upkeep but we make up for it in relaxing and drinking..lol

the waterfall has already been planned for the winter work. I have access to alot more of the rock ( it's hematite a local variety in west ky ) Will have a small pool in front of Pele then lead into a waterfall .

We put alot of love and sweat into those Banana trees lol

glad you enjoyed the pics wahine


 
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drslingshot
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From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-08 12:23 pm   Permalink

tikiwahine,

have water will travel....lol well could not wait til next year on the waterfall. Added a small basin and pump today. Will make it mucg larger over the winter. Have to get all my plants out for the year. Then we will be ready to create the finished product.






 
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Bete
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Joined: Jan 01, 2006
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Posted: 2006-08-09 4:11 pm   Permalink

That's a cool garden area.

 
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Tikiwahine
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From: Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2006-08-09 4:23 pm   Permalink

ahh excellent! I really enjoy my waterfall, the sounds are great atmosphere.

 
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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-08-09 5:53 pm   Permalink

Like the waterfall. Cant wait to see it next year!

Are your bananas in pots? Do they stay alive through your winter?


 
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drslingshot
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Joined: Apr 17, 2006
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From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-10 10:39 am   Permalink

Bete, thanks for the compliments, we sure enjoy it

Tikiwahine, thought you would like the waterfall, you did inspire us afterall

Chip and Andy, thanks to you also about liking the waterfall. its going to be "bigger" next year.. The plants are in the ground. We dig them up every winter and store the trees in a basement.


Oh we now have Bananas on the biggest tree! Will take a few pics later today to post here.


 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2006-08-10 11:33 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-10 10:39, drslingshot wrote:
...Oh we now have Bananas on the biggest tree!



That is why I was asking, do they fruit after digging them up? And, is this the first time they have set flower and fruit? There is nothing quite like a banana shake made from your own home-grown fuit!


 
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drslingshot
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From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-10 12:56 pm   Permalink

Chip and Andy,

This is our first bloom, this plant is 4 years old now. Not sure if digging them up makes the bloom slow ? Banana shakes...mmmmmm....sounds good . My wife is ecstatic with the bloom this year.






 
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Chip and Andy
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-08-10 1:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-10 12:56, drslingshot wrote:
Chip and Andy,

This is our first bloom, this plant is 4 years old now. Not sure if digging them up makes the bloom slow ? Banana shakes...mmmmmm....sounds good . My wife is ecstatic with the bloom this year.



The flower is so fascinating to watch open. The big flower peels back to reveal teeny-tiny little flowers on teeny-tiny little bananas. Depending on the type of plant it can take up to three months for the fruit to mature enough to eat. It seems like forever, but it is worth the wait!

As the flower opens to reveal the hands of bananas you will eventually get to a point there the little fingerlings just fall off. You can speed the growth of the other bananas by cutting the stalk just below that point. I will dig through my pictures tonight and see if I can find some to share.

--EDIT--

Here are some of the picture from our banana, this is what you have to look forward to with yours:


Here it is again about two weeks later..


See at the bottom of the flower, where the new ity-bity bananas are yellow, they fall off very easily ... from that point down you are not going to get any viable fruit. If you want to eat some bananas, cut the stalk just below the point where those flowers/fuit start to fall off. That will speed the growth of the bananas above the cut.




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drslingshot
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From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-11 3:55 pm   Permalink

Chip and Andy,

Thanks for the very informative pics. Will do your trick ( hoping our Ky weather holds it's normal hot and humid til october pattern)to our plant. We certainly appreciate your advice and pics.



 
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drslingshot
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From: western Kentucky
Posted: 2006-08-14 4:06 pm   Permalink

Chip and Andy, and everyone reading this thread. Heres some pics of the Bananas....these were taken 2 days ago.








 
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faizal
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Joined: Sep 22, 2006
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From: Malaysia
Posted: 2006-09-22 09:09 am   Permalink

That is really great. Come and see my garden, lots of picture http://www.planttropical.com



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