Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Bloom Day Walk

The weather has been incredible in East Hawaii the past few weeks, with beautiful blue skies and only light rains at night. Considering this is typically our rainy season, I'm hopeful that we will be receiving more rain on-going so we don't have a drought again by the summer time.

In any event, waking up in the mornings to walk around the garden is a wonderful experience, especially when I have new blooms to greet me and something new to show for the monthly bloom day tours.





All around the wilder sections of my back yard, the large shrubs of clerodendron-quadriloculare display huge clusters of pink and white blooms which will last a month or more on each shrub/tree. Why I don't create more plants with cuttings is something I'm always wondering about at this time of year,it always gets put off for another time frame. I'm still happy with the surprises I get without any care to these plants.








On the left side garden, I have a few clusters of this peach vireya blooming now in the wild jungle corner and they are completely surrounded by wild ferns that just keep coming back everytime I weed this entire section. fortunately the vireyas are striking enough for me to notice them this morning.







Also in the side yard are many wild orchids including this variety of bamboo orchid that is quite prolific in the entire neighborhood. The stalks of each flower can reach over six foot in length with just a few flowers coming out at the tips.




In the front of my garden, this is our native hibiscus flower Hibiscus arnottianus which is a large shrub or tree and mine is over eight foot tall at the moment.






Another cluster of sweetly scented vireya called Aravir in the front yard is putting on a nice show and the scents are heavenly this morning.





I have all my anthuriums in the shady side yard and these miniatures are always coming up from underneath all the vines and weeds and create a nice juxtaposition next to this Quan Yin Statue.



A favorite hibiscus flower I planted on the front area to match the home's exterior yellow color...its always putting out a nice show no matter what season.





In a quiet corner in the front beds is this fuschia colored bromeliad, and croton with a hawaiian gaurdian tiki greeting you at the entryway.






By the front stone gate, this newly planted peach colored bouganvillea is starting to send out its salmon colored leaves and make a nice contrast to this spiky agave, I've planted right in the front row as a deterrent to anyone just walking straight into the front yard.








behind the stone wall in the front, I planted a few palms, red ti and dracaenas







The front yard with a collection of crotons, dracaenas and impatiens along with the huge blooms of this bromeliad.









My white orchid tree a bauhinia is putting out a nice flush of blooms all over the tree for me.


Hope you enjoyed the tour of the garden this morning to see other beautiful gardens in bloom today go visit http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/2010/01/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-january-2010.html

39 comments:

Surfie said...

You always have such gorgeous plants! I would love to live somewhere that allowed me to enjoy blooms like these year round. My garden is currently a patch of brown, dead plants. But my daffodils are finally starting to grow, so hopefully I'll have some blooms of my own soon.

Marilyn said...

Noel,
I L-O-V-E your flower photos and the black background. It makes them so vivid....

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I agree, these are stunning images and look fantastic on the black background. Your garden and even the 'wilder areas' look lovely. I would not mind living there! All I had blooming outside was snow for GBBD. At least it is pretty snow. LOL

NCbeesnest said...

Aloha Noel, Great pics. What a special place to live, especially if you love flowers.

ONG said...

Jealous doesn't begin to describe how I felt looking at your photos. They look fantastic and are a nice escape for us still buried under snow. Thanks for posting!

Plantaliscious said...

Aloha Noel, such totally fabulous blooms, I could swear I can almost smell the scent on the air. Gorgeous, thank you for the walk around such a beautiful and different place.

Bernie said...

Your garden is looking a real treat! Love your Vireyas and that stunning white Bauhinia ... just gorgeous. That native Orchid is also a stunner. Great walk, thank you, I enjoyed it immensely.

Nell Jean said...

What a treat to walk through your garden! Happy Bloom Day.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

What a pleasure to walk through your tropical garden today. You seem to like peach colored flowers and so do I. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Winterthur is spectacular.

Floridagirl said...

My C. quadriloculare is always throwin' off new plants from those crazy running roots. I haven't had blooms on it since 2009, thanks to those absurd freezes. It is so gorgeous in bloom! Too bad it only blooms in February. I need to find some way to protect it next year.

Love all those pretty yellows! You are soooo lucky to have orchids that grow wild where you live. Is that neo 'Passion'? It reminds me of one that I have.

shirl said...

Aloha and Happy GBBD, Noel. Wow what stuning images from your garden. I particularly liked the first two.

Your wild orchid's sound amazing too. Yes, I too always wish I take more cuttings. I used to, need to make more time for it this year. Fingers crossed you get enough rain this year :-)

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Noel, Your flowers are so vivid and colorful! Such a welcome change from the snow covered landscape outside my window!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I admit, I'm again drooling over your photos of paradise! And while I've fallen hard for that red ti plant, I have to admit that I also loved that clerodendron... even though I usually don't like pink. But there's just something about those starburst-shaped bloom clusters against that foliage that really makes me smile today. Happy GBBD!

Andrea said...

Aloha Noel, that C.quadriloqulare has been profusely flowering and seem to be famous in the last horticulture exhibit here. I didn't know the flowers are there for a month, that's exciting, maybe i should try it in our province property. The white Bauhinia i have never seen here yet, i love it. I just hope it doesn't produce lots of pods which later is not good-looking and difficult to clean. Your bromeliad is so vigorously flowering! i like it too!

lotusleaf said...

Oh what a beautiful garden! The vireyas are incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn ♥ said...

So nice to see a garden with real blooms. I struggled finding something to post about today. It is so cooold here.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous plants blooming in your neck of the woods! Things are looking so dead and wintry here that it's a breath of fresh (humid) air to see all the color and lushness there.

One said...

Noel, I like the way you took your photos especially the photo of the statue behind the foliage and also the last one. I like yellow hibiscus too. Just saw it at Aaron's blog.

Terra Mirabilis said...

Hey, Noel. I love your photos!

My C. quadriloculare is blooming, too, thousands of miles away from yours. I wonder when they bloom in the southern hemisphere??

Your bromeliad is Achmea blanchetiana. I have a bunch I'm about to pull up because I'm fed up with being stabbed!

Brad said...

Can I just say how jealous I am that you have wild orchids in your yard? The clerodendron-quadriloculare is really stunning. I've never seen one. And thanks for posting the pics of the anthuriums. I've wondered what those were called for years.

James said...

Aloha to you, too, Noel. There's no question that you're gardening n the tropics! This month I'm drawn to the plant which isn't a flower at all--the stunningly colored bromeliad. What a great plant!

My garden haven said...

We've got many plants in common. I enjoyed taking a bloom day walk in your garden. The misty blurred backdrop makes it feel so cool to be there!!
Rosie

Ellada said...

The most plant you put in your blog, we found them here, inside door. Outside they would not survive.

Kimberly said...

Hi, Noel! Your morning walk in Hawaii is heavenly! Spring is the best time of year for the flowers, don't you think? The weather is perfect and the colors are so vibrant. Lovely shots, as always!!!

Rosey said...

That is where my husband wants to live. I think you might have convinced me too. Such gorgeous plants and flowers. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for posting such beauties.

patientgardener said...

I love seeing your pictures as they cheer me up when it is so drab here - thanks

The Violet Fern said...

I so enjoyed this walk. The c-q shrub (first photo) is striking! I love the palette of your garden - the deep reds turning to burnished orange and pinks to salmon to pale yellow ... the peach-salmon colored bougainvillea is my favorite of the bougainvilleas.

Elaine said...

Thank you for taking us along on your walk, Noel. Your blooms are so lovely!

Andy said...

Hi Noel, I came to check out your bloom day post. I'm blown away. Posting from here, in grey Chicago, I think that the photos of your beautiful Bauhinia, red Ti, Clerodendron and Red Sealing Wax Palm are the most exquisite things I've seen all winter. Thank you very much for sharing, and for posting on my blog so that I knew you were here.

Matti said...

Noel, enjoy that weather. I love that fuchsia amazing bromeliad. Crazy hue on it...and the art pieces in the garden. Love the shares. Matti

Sunray said...

Wow beautiful blooms and photos you got of them. Makes one want spring even more.

Cher
Goldenray Yorkies

fer said...

Beautiful plants! I am sure it was a great walk. Hope you get some rain soon.

Alistair said...

Oh wow, truly paradise,here in Scotland we don't exactly share the same flora and fauna but hey we sure can appreciate it.

klaraau01 said...

Love the native orchid - what a paradise! Thank you for sharing

HolleyGarden said...

Wow! What beautiful blooms! I'm amazed, and thoroughly jealous! ;)

debsgarden said...

It's great to see your garden again! It's a true paradise where your weeds are ferns! I love the anthuriums next to the statue, and I also am quite taken by the yellow hibiscus. I do hope you don't have another draught this year!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Oh how beautiful. Lovely to see a tropical garden. That first plant is stunning, and I also really like the peach coloured bouganvillea.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I have read that Clerodendron quadriloculare is considered one of the fastest growing shrubs in the plant kingdom (don't know if it it true and certainly can't test it here). I miss going to Hawaii this winter and hope to get there during the summer.

Kimberly said...

Noel, I wanted to let you know I've given you a blogger award, one I think you definitely deserve! I've posted about it and linked to your blog on my latest post, "A Gift". I hope you'll accept!

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