Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Hot, the Loud, and the Proud #3

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Show us your tropicals and exotics, your hot mediterranean colors and wild combinations, amazing discoveries and unusual variations. Or how about something exciting you just saw, a crazy garden,  amazing garden art or design, an inspiring visit or hike?


This meme is open to all (you do not have to live in an exotic location to participate)  and will be on the last day of each month…so mark your calendars and lets do something fun on the hot, the loud and the proud meme. I’ll have the link available early, east coast time (USA) to catch you early birds and even earlier for those of you in other countries.

The end of the month is always very hectic for me and I will be on a vacation for most of June. I will be going to Washington DC to see my niece participate in the Scripts National Spelling Bee for the first time, it should be a crazy time for our family. Also, I will be doing a layover back in the San Francisco Bay area for a few more weeks to visit more friends and family I haven't seen in awhile. Hopefully, I will be able to see some amazing gardens in both areas and show them for future posts.



For this month's hot and proud, I am featuring a beautiful tree I saw recently when I went to a natural farm tour here in East Hawaii.  Amherstia Nobilis or the Pride of Burma is a really exotic tree that just stops you dead in your foot steps when you see it blooming. It is in the genus Amherstia but it is also considered a bauhinia or orchid tree. The striking flowers have an amazing and long inflorescence of delicate flowers of hot crimson with yellow edges and yellow polka dots, white throats with pale pink stamens and five petals.



The trees tend be taller and max out at around forty feet.  The first time I saw one of these trees in Thailand, the entire tree was all in bloom with so many stalks of cascades of hot pink, I couldn't stop walking around the tree and taking dozens of photos. I couldn't help having someone take a shot of me with my favorite tree here in East Hawaii.




Here's a close up of some of the flowers, gorgeous aren't they?



Wasn't that a great show for today's hot, loud and proud meme?


To link a post, or to view on the Hot, the Loud and the Proud Meme, see the link below

20 comments:

Bangchik said...

quite a size, those angry red flowers. ~bangchik

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

That would certainly stop me in my tracks and I just wouldn't be moving from that spot for quite awhile. amazing blooms!

I remember that spellingbee when I used to watch Little House On The Prairie all those years ago lol! we don't have that in the UK but we do have a UK Mathematical Olympiad which my youngest is representing his school at. I hope your little niece does really well in the competition.

Have a great month away on holiday Noel.

Ami said...

Noel: Those are stunning flowers! I will do the same if I spot such tree on the street. Great picture of you holding the flowers! :) Too bad this month I have nothing to show. But I will come here to enjoy what all others can offer. Thanks for this great meme!

AaronVFT said...

Wow! It's really striking and beautiful!

Autumn Belle said...

The flowers are stunning red, hot and proud. A great show indeed! Good luck on your niece's spelling bee contest and have a wonderful trip. My entry is a bleeding heart flower which is called Bridal Veil.

Jan Johnsen said...

bold and beautiful...

Kimberly said...

Noel, what a gorgeous bloom! Truly hot, loud, proud! But what's this about you being on vacation for the entire month of JUNE?!?! WHAT? How fortunate! I'm certain you'll have a wonderful time!

Helen at summerhouse said...

This bloom is definitely hot! What color! Hope you have a great time on your holiday and enjoy every minute.

kanak7 said...

Noel,

Aloha! This is a spectacular tree. I don't think I've seen it. Most bauhinia varieties here are in lavender shades. The Pride Of Burma is a fitting entry for The Hot, the Loud and the Proud!

Have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to all your coming posts!

Kanak

Megan said...

Gorgeous flowering tree!!!! Have a great vacation and enjoy your stop in San Francisco :)

Floridagirl said...

That is a beautifully exotic tree, Noel. I don't know that I'm familiar with Pride of Burma. It's always fun to learn about a new flower. How exciting that your niece will be in the national spelling bee! Good luck to her!

Andrea said...

Hi Noel, i hope the HLP will not close yet on me as i am late! I am very familiar with this plant, Amherstia nobilis. It is a tree with really stunning flowers. It actually is called the Queen of the Flowering Plants, for your information also. And there actually is the King of the flowering Plants, called Saraca (i forgot now the species). If you see the King, you will be amazed more! I hope i can get photos of that in the future, there are trees at the UP Los BaƱos.

I hope you know and appreciate my HLP, even if it's late. thanks. Happy touring and bonding in the mainland.

Annah said...

Love love love the pictures! :)

Mad about Garden said...

Truly beautifull. Well done

All the best
Ibrahim

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Gorgeous!

antigonum cajan said...

Congratulations for your excellent blog.


I am into criticism, credentials from the NY botanical, over one hundred species with their botanical names, propagation/collection constantly and visitor from five continents.

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Rainforest Gardener said...

Noel, You won the gift card from my giveaway! I posted the results and was waiting to let you know on your next post.

Elettra said...

Aloha Noel,what wonder these flowers have left me speechless!!!!

Elephant's Eye said...

Hi Noel, have linked in to your hot-loud-proud-meme today for the first time, since the garden is awash in red and yellow.

John said...

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