Friday, January 15, 2010

Aloha Friday – What’s Blooming Today

 

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I just love this vireya rhododendron, coral seas, its one of over 300 species of tropical rhododendrons growing in tropical environments ideally in cool mountainous areas and cloud forests.

They are ephiphytes growing in trees or in the ground as shrubs. I have mine growing on pure cinder rock where they love well draining conditions.

What I love most about these vireyas is that they bloom year round and they are very easy to propagate from cuttings, doesn’t that make you want to fill your yard with these beauties?

13 comments:

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Noel~~ I bet there is no shortage of stunning flora in your garden. I wasn't aware there were tropical rhododendrons. Interesting. ... In reply to your comment on my blog: Sure I wouldn't mind swapping floral scents with you. The Plumeria was my absolute favorite when I lived in Hawaii. I wasn't the smartest kid but I knew a good thing when I smelled it. I just wish I could grow it here.

Nell Jean said...

I'm afraid I have to fill my yard with azalea cousins of your vireyas. They have buds; bloom is 3 months away. Are vireyas fragrant?

Happy Bloom Day.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I'd love to fill my garden with them, but alas, I'll have to content myself with enjoying yours. Maybe one day I'll get to Hawaii...

Helen said...

Very luscious -- but I'd have to hit the local conservatory to get any hint of this lovely close to my garden. Happy blooms day.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Noel. It is a beauty. Yes, I would love to fill my garden with them. How marvelous that it blooms all year.Beautiful.

debsgarden said...

Tropical rhododendrons - how beautiful! I can grow azaleas, but rhododendrons are marginal in my climate. Some do better than others. Yours are gorgeous!

Rosella said...

Gorgeous! I love the pink vireya -- I had no idea there were tropical rhododendrons either. Unfortunately, the pink colour doesn't look good with my jealousy-green colouring right now!

jeansgarden said...

It's beautiful, Noel -- but as far as filling my garden with these, I have a feeling their probably not zone 4/5 hardy :-). I do have some temperate zone distant cousins (currently buried under snow). -Jean

gippslandgardener said...

These are such beautiful rhododendrons! I'd love to have a garden where there were flowers to enjoy all year!

Carol said...

I too would welcome these beauties but they would not be happy! Lovely blooms! I had not realized that Rhododendrons were epiphytes ... plants are so creative and accommodating! ;-) Carol

noel said...

aloha all thanks for visiting my garden today.

Nell Jean - yes there are some vireyas that are fragrant, the smell is very mellow and across the board with scents.

Carol - the tropical vireyas are ephiphytes.

i'll be posting soon on a vireya farm tour i'll be doing in the near future close to where i live.

joene said...

I'm with the others ... no filling my New England gardens with this tropical. I'm happy to enjoy them through you.

Orchid food said...

Repotting orchids is not hard if you know what you have to do. The tricky part is that it’s a little different from other plant types. Also there are thousands of orchid species with their own specific needs, most obvious is regarding the frequency of repotting and type of potting mix needed by each.

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