Saturday, April 14, 2012

April Garden Bloom Day


(Late afternoon light my newly transplanted vireya in the new side garden)

It’s amazing that spring is already here, how quickly the season changes, even here in Hawaii where we practically have two seasons, wet and dry.
Come and take a walk with me around my garden this morning, there’s a lot of beautiful blooms to greet us on our tour and I want to show you some more of the areas that I’m starting to work on and get your opinion.


These are the beds from the front door over looking the roadway and forest in Orchidland.  The plants in this bed is tightly packed in with impatiens, geraniums, ti, dracaena, ferns, crotons, vireyas, fuschia and strobilanthes.


A detailed shot of corner portion of the front bed with various plantings.


On the other side of the front beds is this hibiscus ‘Yoda’. Something has been eating the leaves so I have quickly mixed up a water and hot pepper spray on the leaves along with the ti plants that have also been getting big holes in random spots. I’m sure our hot Hawaiian peppers will stop these predators from munching on more delicate leaves.


Below is a newly created bed in the front corner lined with these huge lava rocks I rolled into place since they were just to heavy to carry. A large six foot Medinilla Magnifica (left) is setting of some flower buds and will be blooming soon. In this bed are newly planted maroon colored ti, yellow ribbed croton, black magic taro, red dracaenas, fancy coleus and hot pink fuschias.


Here’s a detailed shot below.

Another front garden jewel, say hello to hibiscus ‘Starfish Pie’.

In a small front bed, one of my small tillandsia with its bright red plume sits next to some variegated shapes of crotons and miniature bromeliads.


The side garden re-do is starting to take shape, this variegated bamboo, Phyllostachys edulis, was planted a month ago and is starting to fit in nicely and the plants behind are growing and hopefully form a nice barrier to the next door neighbor.


Behind the bamboo is a beautiful vireya shrub that’s also taking to the new area and has started to bloom with these hot pink flowers with orange throats, I’m so glad things are finally taking shape in this area that was totally neglected and used for storage.


In the other shady side garden, its wild and filled with different ferns so I never know what will be coming up from this jungle. Here a pink vireya is greeting us this morning.


Beautiful ‘Mountain Air’ is greeting us again this morning, with its soft lavender blooms.


I have this beautiful green pot that’s been empty for the past year, I finally got around to creating an interesting combination to complement a new back yard bed below. Inside is a mixture of black mondo grass, red  and variegated red/green dracaena, black ti, fuschia, strobilanthes and a large phormium.



Below are some hot pink and almost black hibiscus in the back yard, I’ve been doing a lot of work recently in the back yard and will post the progress of the area in a future post.



I enjoyed our walk this morning hoped you saw a different part of my world today that inspires, thanks for joining me.

To visit other garden tours this morning go to


BernieH said...

Your hard work is definitely paying off. It all looks absolutely fabulous, so lush and colourful. I love it!

The front door beds are really coming together nicely. I love the combinations in there. Such vivid colours and textures.

The newly created bed in the front corner is looking fantastic with those great rocks. I can't believe the size of your Medinilla! It's magnificent.

I think the side garden re-do is really doing well. The Vireya shrub is gorgeous. The Bamboo is also very striking.

The Hibiscus blooms are really lovely and you've done a great job potting up that lovely green pot.

It all gets the big thumbs up from me!

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

Noel I know it's been ages since I've last been here and I got a treat when I scrolled down the page. Firstly that Vireya is looking stunning along with all the other hot tropical colours. Love the shapes and textures and vertical interest you've created with the bamboos.

HolleyGarden said...

Your plantings are just amazing - so many different textures and colors. Love all the variety! I could look at the pictures of your front gardens for hours - and still there would be more to see. Well done!

Liza said...

So jealous!

Roslyn said...

Although our seasons are opposite I think the climate is similar. Maybe you get more rain than us. Your garden is looking so lush and healthy.
Your vireya are lovely. I recently bought a few and I'm hoping I can give them the right conditions so they will thrive and bloom like yours.

africanaussie said...

Noel - it looks as though you have been working hard and it is certainly paying off! I love all your different hibiscus. Those paper thin petals are so delicate. I also have to succumb to the pepper sprays every so often, and always throw a bit of garlic in as well.

HELENE said...

Hi Noel, greetings from London, and from a different world when it comes to gardening! Some of your plants I haven't even heard of! It looks so beautiful and lush and pretty, I especially like your hibiscus, have tried to grow a hardy hibiscus myself, but it died during last drought in 2005-06. Perhaps I ought to buy a new one, they sure are gorgeous. Thanks for letting me have a walk in your garden, I enjoyed it :-)

James said...

Happy Bloomday, Noel. Your colors this month are extremely warm and saturated. The vireya is a personal fav this month, as well as being something I'm not familiar with and will be researching. Very nice.

Andrea said...

Hi Noel, even if they are just newly planted, they look already okay there, and i love the colors of your hibiscus the most. Your photos are just so warm, or maybe WB not set to true colors. Happy singing!

Bom said...

Wasn't it you who posted recently about having let the garden go? Today was all gorgeousness! The front garden is so green and lush, the front bed shot also colorful. Congratulations on your work paying off.

James David said...
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James David said...

Your garden walkpath is truly beautiful and quite rich in its design.

Can't help noticing a face hidden along the rock perimeters on your 2nd picture.

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