Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Of Frost & Colocasias

Due to another brutally cold day (-1 degree F wind chill) and the fact that my camera froze (before I dropped it), I thought I'd show some "warmer" photos.  These are all elephant ears (Colocasia sp.) and my reason for showing them is twofold.  We have done well growing them (like 'Royal Hawaiian Maui Gold' above) over the years and in 2015, we'll have a large collection of these on display (including everything you see here and more!) in the three demonstration beds.  We'll include all types of Colocasia sp. and Alocasia sp.  I hope to acquire 50+ kinds for display.

With the premiere of the Holiday Lights Show (HLS) looming this Saturday as part of the Taste of Chocolate (tickets still available!), we tested the show today and finished both set-up and running cords.  Big John, Larry and I spent the entire day outside and became living ice cubes.  We had electrical help from Tom C. and Bob K. and also saw Maury (ran errands), Mark S., Marv B., Vern and a couple others.  We'll be testing and tweaking the show over the remainder of the week.  Below are some shots to make you think "summer"!  These are all Colocasias (with Alocasias to be promoted in a future blog).

 'Royal Hawaiian Black Coral'
 'Royal Hawaiian Hawaiian Punch'
 'Royal Hawaiian Blue Hawaii'
 'Coffee Cups'
'Coffee Cups' (side view)
 'Royal Hawaiian Diamond Head'
 Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant'
'Midori Sour'
standard Colocasia esculenta (from behind leaf)
 'Heart of Darkness'
'Red Eyed Gecko'
 'Electric Blue Gecko'
'Puckered Up'
Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant'

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