Birdie, you're so young you'll never retire! Bob Fogel (Louisiana from Utah) fellow was a school mate in Oregon where we grew up by the way. He's an expert in fungi, etc...in case you need a fungi expert. Happy Gardening. Looks you had a great time in Hawaii - one of my more favorite places on earth. Not a big fan of Oahu but I do love all the other islands.
Have fun in Hawaii! I haven't been since 2006, but we loved it! Kauii (not sure if that's spelled correctly), was our favorite island. All the ferns that just grow wild there amazed me. I told my husband, we have to buy those, & they just grow everywhere here wild! Make plenty of pics to show us! I believe I visited every nursery & garden in Kauii & Mauii. I brought home some plants & seeds. Yes, some of the plants looked like they needed deadheading, so I helped, even though if they would have found the seeds, I would have had to pay a hefty fine. They all grew for me, but the cold got the trees once I put them in the ground. I should have kept them in pots. :(
"Thanks Charlotte and Lorraine. These astilbes and ferns are against the north side of the house, so they are in shade most of the day. Lorraine, you're right that astilbes (and ferns) will scorch if they get too much hot sun."