Thanks to everyone who came to the Zoo Outreach. We gave away a plant or two to everyone who wanted one and had several plants left over. We ended up having a large work party and pruned the Serpentine Beds. We piled up a pickup bed load of dead branches. There are several spaces for new plants if anyone wishes to donate a special hybrid or two. There was also some talk about planting some anthuriums in the deep shade spots where it is just too dark for the vireyas.
Everyone was extremely pleased with the work Teo, the senior gardener at the zoo, did in the vireya beds. When we first discussed paying her to weed the grass in the species bed was two feet tall in places and it was discouraging to even look at it. When we were working it was hard to find even new weed sprouts!
FYI, we are starting to collect the leftover cuttings at the meetings so we can start them for the Zoo Outreach or the Hilo Public Library Outreach. The easiest way I have found to keep the cuttings alive is to start them in a shady place and leave them alone. Sherla uses Oasis, I use 1/2 inch minus black cinder, Pete uses straight Perlite, for the cutting media. The keys are: don't let them get too dry, place them in dappled shade or darker, and don't MOVE them. The root systems on cuttings are extremely fine and moving them snaps off the roots and the cutting has to start over making new roots.
Last but not least, it is dues time again. There are 3 ways to renew. You can re- new online, at the November meeting or send a check in the mail to: Sherla Ber- telmann, HC3 Box 4641, Keaau, HI 96749. (Membership $40 and Association $10). http://www.arsoffice.org/member_renewal_form.pdf
Viva Vireya! Bill Miller President
From the October 2015 Viva Vireya Newsletter
Aloha all -
I received a LOT of compliments about the meeting
which I thought was pretty disorganized due to our being held hostage by the weather. Many thanks to all the workers who shoveled and picked and weeded and moved old plants between rain squalls. And then we planted all the do- nated vireyas in the black cinder from the zoo! It looks great! Several of the plants are even in bloom!
Everyone had the nicest stories about Mitch, some of them were unknown, even to Jim. It just goes to show what a positive influence he had on so many peo- ple. Dennis Rees drove over from Kona and shared some nice stories about Mitch AND Sandy/Betsy/Fang...none of which were her real name! I hope every- one got to watch Sherla's slideshow. It really was a memory lane.
We need to start potting up the leftover trusses after the raffle. These would be used for giveaway items at the library and zoo outreach meetings. Speaking of the zoo, don't forget our next meeting is at the entrance pavilion so please bring a comfortable chair unless you don't mind sitting on a wooden bench! The time is also changed from 10 am - 2 pm. Remember, there will be a pruning party in the vireya beds so bring your pruners.
We paid a senior gardener (Teo) to weed the zoo vireya beds. I went there today and the result is jaw dropping. THERE ISN'T A WEED IN SIGHT! We all know how much it rained the last month so you know she was out there in a rain slicker weeding. It actually looks like new cinder has been spread it looks so good.
Viva Vireya!, Bill Miller