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?
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