Our meeting this month has two main goals. The first goal is to remember our founding member and good friend, Mitch Mitchell. Please feel free to share a talk story. We will not rush the remembrances. We are expecting a few guests so let's make this an outstanding potluck.
The second goal is to plant Vireyas at Kea'au Community Center. Bring some work clothes, a shovel or hand trowel and some Vireyas! We already have 8 Vireyas promised and hope to get more. Sweet Jane, Pink Swan, Cape Cod Valentine, Sandy Mitchell, Mitch Mitchell, Hilo Tan, Cara Mia, and Toff are all ready to be planted. Some of the existing plants were removed and we found a nice base of large and small cinder. That's perfect for Vireyas! We will be short of rocks though. For those of you who have plenty, please bring at least two fist sized rocks for the border. Soak them in soapy water before bringing them. (Red fire ant
Some of you asked me for the soap/oil solutions for pest control:
http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/uhmg/downloads/UHMG-home- recipes.pdf http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/uhmg/WestHI/downloads/Home- Remedies.pdf
As you will see, there are also solutions for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases.
Dawn Garlich has consented to be the Newsletter Editor. Many mahalos to Dawn for her help.
Viva Vireya, Bill Miller
From the August 2015 Viva Vireya Newsletter
Condolences to Mitch's family have been coming in from around the globe. Mitch was very helpful to vireyaphiles around the world through his advice, seeds, and cuttings. When Julie and I were married here on the Big Island, Mitch took us out to dinner at Kilauea Lodge. We considered him our Big Island Godfather. We will miss him terribly.
I talked to Margaret, the Kea'au Community Center Director, about planting vireyas around the center and she was all for it. She even walked me around and told me which plants could be ripped up and where vireyas could be planted. This would be a much, much smaller footprint than the zoo and it would be much, much easier to keep an eye on since our meetings are there. Bring your gloves to the September meeting and plant a vireya or two! Even better, bring one in to plant!
If you want a copy of George Argent's new Vireya book give me a call as soon as possible. I am putting together an order. There are more color photographs and the latest information on newly discovered species in this 454 page book. We are getting a substantial discount but UK shipping rates are astronomical. Expect to pay around $85 dollars for a signed copy.
Viva Vireya, Bill Miller