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.
For this month’s theme, I’m taking you to on a tour of a local ti (Cordyline terminalis) nursery, just down the block from my neighborhood in East Hawaii. Its amazing that in Hawaii, we can have many growers specialize in commercially growing just one species, and create their own niche market. With growing conditions so ideal for these growers, they can offer so many different varieties and hybrids. Also, they create these brilliant color combinations, all for the benefit of eager plant fanatics to add to their collections. Come and take a look at some of these beauties ….
This grower started his nursery as a hobby to eventually turn this into a full time business when he retires. Meanwhile, he has a stunning show garden and nursery up and running for business. I discovered this nursery after seeing his wonderful ti plants at the local Macuu farmers market in East Hawaii and after seeing all the vivid and colorful varieties, I was inspired to see I could visit and photograph his nursery.
What I didn't expect to find was this exotic and other-worldy show garden in addition to this simple nursery. He grew some of the most exuberant, bold, and variegated accent plants. Every time I turned to a new angle I was confronted with exciting compositions.
What’s interesting about this show garden is the actual lava left intact and used as walkways or decorative statements to the landscaping, it really shows how utilizing what is part of the locality can add some interesting context and texture to a landscape.
Intense colorations and intense shades of red from just this one plant... isn't it striking?
All the curved surfaces and raindrops remind me of the sensual curves of another abstract painter with a very colorful pallet. This is a very inspiring place, don't you agree?
I love capturing light illuminating these leaves and showing translucent foliage that just sparkle and add so much dimension to this garden.
This miniature ti only gets to a height of three feet and the variegated leaf stripes add so much visual texture to make this beauty stand out and make you pay attention.
Here’s one last view showing another, oh-so-amazing view in this garden vignette.
I hope you enjoyed this ti farm tour, its a very special place on this side of the island.
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