Monday, August 30, 2010

The Hot, the Loud and the Proud #6


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. 
To visit other Hot, Loud and Proud posts today go and check out the links below.

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Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Interesting plants, peculiar to tropical areas, where they decide to join in the exotic fiesta of flowers by colouring their own foliage... I have a few plants with such colourful foliage in the garden. ~bangchik

Xavi said...

Excellent contrast of colors of Cordyline.
Tomorrow I'll be surprised.
Have a great day, Noel!

giorno26 ¸¸.•*¨*•. said...

Fantastici colori... i fiori sono come sempre meravigliosi :)
Buona serata.

Anonymous said...

Greetings Noel, As you know I am a great supporter of nurseries and I should certainly be visiting the one you feature here if it was near me. Such a wealth of beautiful plants and all looking to be in such excellent condition. I do so hope that the business is successful since it certainly deserves to be.

What a feast of fabulous foliage for your hot and proud meme!!

africanaussie said...

Noel, what a wonderful selection of cordelines, arent we lucky to live in places where these plants are "common"!

lotusleaf said...

Hi Noel!Nice round of the garden. I liked the way they have made use of the lava. The Ti plants are beautiful.

BernieH said...

So many great photos filled with fantastic tropical plants. I absolutely love the use made of all those blocks of lava ... what a terrific idea. Wonderful place!

Kimberly said...

Hi, Noel! Aloha!! :) Your Ti's are quite hot, loud and proud! I love them all. Great photos! I'm amazed at the lava flow...scenes like that leave me completely awestruck!

Floridagirl said...

How wonderful to visit a specialty ti nursery! Wonderful photos! I am completely obsessed with this genus of plants. It must be so wonderful to live in Hawaii. I agree...that black lava rock is the ideal complement to the ti garden. Beautiful!

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

I love looking at Ti plants - probably under the influence of FG who grows lovely ones in her Florida garden.

Noel I would love to visit a place like that nursery - colours are stunning.

Shey said...

Fantastic shots! Really rich & vivid colors. They're just lovely to photograph. :)

marina said...

amazing pictures, wonderful colors!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful images. They are very vibrant and colorful.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous shots, Noel! These images will make me look at cordylines in a different light!

I'm late this month and I thought that it doesn't make sense to post in the beginning of the month:(

Have a great September!

Solitude Rising said...

These Cordyline selections are just stunning to look at. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

How I wish we have those in our garden too.

helen at summerhouse said...

No wonder you were inspired to take so many wonderful photos. They are gorgeous colors. I'm finding having lava as a walkway a pretty amazing sight, too.

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Hi Noel - the colours in your plants are beautiful! Thanks for hosting the hot, loud and proud again... will go visit the others now!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

What a fun meme! I'll have to remember this one. Right up my alley, what with my love of loud, bright flowers. :)

Anonymous said...

Noel, I had never heard of ti plants until I started reading the blogs of you tropical and sub-tropical gardeners. What wonderful colors and variety they have!

I suppose I could have had someone take a photo of me wilting in the 90+ heat for the hot part of your meme. LOL. -Jean

LadyFi said...

What sizzling colours. Vibrant and cheerful!

Shirley said...

Wow! I had no idea orchids could grow that tall!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I'll try and remember to participate. It sounds like fun. We have a Ti plant at work that is at least 53 years old. It just flowered for the first time last year.

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