Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Hot, the Loud and the Proud #7

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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.

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This exotic combination of Japanese and tropical garden lies completely on lava rocks and lava beds. The owner of this exciting garden decided to leave intact a lot of the original lava flow that occurred on the property and use this as a design element in their garden.


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The beautiful contrast of these ti plants against, heliconia bamboo and this tropical cercis type tree against the lava pathway really high-lights these foliage plants in this garden.


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I think the black pathways is such a great foundation and grounds everything…unfortunately the weeds love this environment just as much as the real plants and requires a lot of hand weeding in this garden, quite a task in this mostly rock garden, truly making this a labor of love since the owner does not use any pesticides.



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Although the theme is predominately Japanese the tropical influence is present with large cycads, palms and colorful flowered species including these vivid Ixoras miniatures.


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I hope you enjoyed this exotic garden tour, its a very special place on this side of the island. 
To visit other Hot, Loud and Proud posts today go and check out the links below.

18 comments:

Kate said...

Love this. Count me in. :)

Ellada said...

Hello Noel
Beautiful garden, I love the colors.

Denise said...

Absolutely gorgeous Noel. Exotic indeed!
An English Girl Rambles

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Noel
meraviglioso giardino esotico !

Kimberly said...

Hi, Noel! I'm in such awe of these fantastic images! It's so hard for me to believe that such beauty can come from such dramatic destruction. Aloha!

Autumn Belle said...

What a beautiful tropical paradise you have here in Hawaii. I hope my post this time is enough for your meme.

lotusleaf said...

A tropical paradise, although the theme is Japanese. Very beautiful.Thanks for the meme.

leavesnbloom said...

I love Japanese styled gardens but this one has such an exotic feel to it aswell with the drama colours from some of the foliage.


Noel I did select a thumbnail but for some reason it didn't accept it. My post has a tropical feel to it along with ............. the need for a plastic bag. :)

Arati said...

it is absolutely amazing t o see such a beautiful garden grow over hardened lava! so colourful as well!

Carol said...

This exotic garden has such a magical and natural feel to it Noel. Perhaps it is the lava rock that gives it a meditative sense. Your perspective in your beautiful photos is very interesting!

AaronVFT said...

Wow!! This is such a HOT garden, with such interesting foliage and contrasting colours!!

Floridagirl said...

A Japanese Garden is tough to pull off in the tropics, but that is gorgeous! The black rock does set everything off perfectly.

Bernie said...

Such an amazing garden ... so much hard work but look at the rewards! Lots of great plants and terrific vistas wherever you look!

Solitude Rising said...

What a beautiful garden. I wont mind getting lost in the midst of it.

Elizabeth Barrow said...

Wow! I know that's what I always say when I comment on your blog but, as usual, these are wonderful pictures to look at. I can imagine myself there.

Ever Green Tree said...

Lovely colours! The lava soil sure is doing wonders for the plants:) Will surely participate in the meme this october... was away for a while having fractured my right hand.

Evelyn said...

The photos are so beautiful! I tried to get one done by the first but I missed the boat. BUT, I have ideas for the next two months! :)

John said...

Besides fertilizer I also use liquid seaweed extract on my orchids.It seems that they look healthier now since I started using it.It is not a replacement of ferts,but just nice natural addition that orchids do appreciate.

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