Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Morning Walk Around the Garden in Winter

 

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I love to take my morning walks around the garden to see what’s new and if any new flower is opening to greet me today.  The weather this morning is spotty, nice pockets of sun interspersed with light downpours, typical of East Hawaii in winter. It reminds me of this favorite song that asks “Have you ever seen the rain…. coming down on a bright sunny day?”  Yes, here it could be raining in one block and just down the road sunny beautiful skies all at once.

 

A new miniature ginger blossom just starting to unfold

 

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Anyway as I’m walking around the front yard I see one of my favorites greeting me this morning. It is a tropical rhododendron vireya called Aravir, sweetly scented like perfume with jasmine undertones.

 

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Take a look at one of these hibiscus flowers coming out in full bloom, the stems are literally fifteen foot tall, I think its time for major trimming again which in this garden never seems to end – things just grow too quickly.

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A close up detail.

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Here’s a real charmer in my side yard, it’s a lemon yellow anthurium, quite unique don’t you think? I just captured some morning rain still dripping down the front petal.

 

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Here’s a wild patch of purple anthuriums, coleus and the pesky sword ferns that are real weeds here and pop everywhere to my chagrin. The purple turns into white when they get older and in the ground can last up to a month’s time frame.

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in a quite corner of the front yard is this hot fuschia bromeliad surrounded by pink geraniums and coleus and that pesky sword fern again.

 

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This hibiscus plant in the front yard is so hardy, I keep cutting it back severely every month and it stills sends out branches now over six feet tall, sometimes things grow just to quickly out here in the garden, lots of maintenance to do even during winter time.

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This patch of New Zealand impatiens I keep taking cuttings to start off new plants, and it showers me with even more flowers, I love this plant.

 

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One of my mini cymbidiums on my back patio, this is my third set of blooms this year from this sweet plant.

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Our native hibiscus is a beautiful white with a hot red column and anthers, its perfect.

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This hot pink medinilla has been blooming for over three months now and the beautiful berries will turn a deep purple color on these same cascades lasting another month or so.

 

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In my front entry is this sweet vireya and lightly perfumed in the morning, I just had a nice flush of flowers and this is the last grouping to bloom from this miniature.

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This is my contribution to Garden Bloom Day, to see other wonderful gardens blooming today go to http://www.maydreamsgardens.com

26 comments:

lotusleaf said...

Aloha, Noel! You have so many blooms that I have not seen here, that you make me jealous:) The Medinilla, the tropical rhododendron and the yellow anthurium are not seen here. Thanks for a lovely walk around your garden.

Andrea said...

hi Noel, many will tell you Aloha, i will say "Mahalo". Is that correct? hehe. You have a lot blooms there in your garden. Even if you consider this time as winter, you dont have snow, but how low does your temperature go? BTW, i like the variegations on that impatiens, haven't seen that.

Bernie said...

Noel... such gorgeous flowers all over your garden. My poor Medinilla hasn't recovered from the 'wet' season at the beginning of this year ... it really didn't like its spot. I've moved it but it still hasn't flowered yet. Fingers crossed.

The Vireyas are stunners and so are those mini Cymbidiums! Do you join in the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme at all? ... because this post would be such a treat for those in the midst of early Winter.

AaronVFT said...

WOW!! I'm so in love with the photos! Really love the hot tropicals, especially the medinilla and hibiscus.

Floridagirl said...

Oh my, love that hot fuchsia bromeliad! My fave color in neos! I remember the days when hibiscus grew so tall, I'd have to trim them back two or three times a year. Oh, for those warm winters to return! How cool to have anthuriums come up wildly! I feel your pain though with the sword ferns. They pop up everywhere here as well. I even have to keep them cleaned off the date palms. Still love your vireyas. That's something I never see around here.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Noel, I knew visiting your blog would be a blooming show. What great images and flowers you have in your garden. I can not even pick a favorite, they are all beautiful.

p3chandan said...

Stunning colours and flowers in your garden!

Missy said...

Such an array of flowers and vibrant colour - all fantastic. I've never grown vireyas but they're on my wish list.

Birdwoman said...

Your blooms are amazing. Looking at you Bloom Day post each month is like a trip to the Island. Aloha and happy holidays.

One said...

You do have lots of blooms and most of them are pretty striking. I bought that hot pink medinilla 2 years ago but it died on me after I transferred it to the ground. What a pity. Yours is really pretty.

Elaine said...

Aloha, Noel! What a beautiful walk in your garden! Thank you for taking us along with you. Everything is so gorgeous and I love that yellow anthurium - I have never seen one that color.

Ewa said...

owwww...
how many blooms you have in your garden!
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my china rose is another name for hibiscus, so it looks similar... only leaves of yr hibiscus look smaller - possibly diff. variety.
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Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Plantaliscious said...

Aloha Noel, thank you for a welcome burst of colour on what is a cold grey and damp flower-free day here in the UK.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Beautiful photos.

Les said...

I love the picture of the wild patch and the bromeliad after it. They are colorful tapestries.

Houston Garden Girl said...

Those New Zealand impatiens are awesome!

Zoe / pearled earth said...

Wow - your brilliant tropicals are quite a contrast to the snowflakes falling outside my window. Especially love that tangerine colored hibiscus!

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

I think the warm tone of your photos started to change the air temperature (and humidity) of the cold, wintry room I'm sitting in. Very beautiful!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

What a fabulous garden you have. I do wish the focus was a little sharper so we could see some more detail, but they are so lovely. I'm envious. And the sword ferns set all off nicely, in my opinion.

fer said...

A very nice stroll indeed. Is all very different to what I see in here, but it reminds me the plants back at my country.

David & Melanie said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my garden blog the other day. We have mild winters here in Houston, so there are a lot brave souls that try to grow tropicals. Of course, we cannot grow the beautiful flowers and palms you have on the big island without difficulties.
Happy Growing!
David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

jeansgarden said...

Noel, I'm finally finding time to catch up with your blog posts. On what is a grey and white day here in Maine, it was a delight to see all this warm color! Happy holidays. -Jean

islandgal246 said...

Aloha Noel, Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am enjoying my walk about in your garden. Just lovely and thank you. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2011

Autumn Belle said...

Noel, Merry Christmas and Happy new year 2011!

fer said...

Hope you had a very merry Christmas and that you have the best happy New Year!

Stiletto said...

An interesting array of exotic flowers. Keeps me inspired to keep up with my garden maintennance.

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