Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December garden in Orchidland




Its time for garden bloom day again, I haven’t participated in quite awhile due to recent travels and holiday gatherings with friends that have kept me occupied.


But, this morning was a clear and sunny day, a nice change from a cool rainy night seeing the Christmas parade in Kea’au town last evening.




After a month’s travel in Japan, I was greeted by large grass, junky castor bean plants and various weeds popping up in my new back yard garden bed almost full grown within a month’s timeframe.


The weeds below are already taller than my six foot height – things grow exceptionally quick here – especially the weeds that love the new garden beds below.





After clearing out one section of the garden, I can finally see the bones of the garden I planted the month before starting to appear again- its looking pretty good again.



In the jungle area behind, I was able to find a variety of my bromeliads hidden in the tall grasses. I only spotted them because of the bright yellow blooms from this beauty brom below peeking out through the thick grass.




The area around my water catchment tank is another area that needs to be weeded completely, here you see it crowded out with ferns, grasses and the ever present purple princess flower (no blooms in the photos)– tibouchina urvilleana – a real pest that reseeds everywhere.





The front yard is still in decent shape, even though I haven’t tended this part of the gardens in also because of the holidays. A beautiful spike from a group of bromeliads are at their third month of blooms now. My bright yellow croton adds more color and is one of my favorite yellows in garden.





Here’s a sweet bloom from one of my ti plants, they are pretty up close, but insignificant at a distance.




Not too many of my hibiscus flowers in bloom at this time of the year except for my stalwart yellow dazzler at my side gardens.





I think its time to start trimming the leggy impatiens, they are so easy to propagate here, especially this orange variety below.




This is the 3rd round of blooms from my white bauhinia orchid tree…yeah!




I have large swathes of pink flowers coming out from my medinilla magnifica, almost the size of miniature trees in my front yard.




More colorful impatiens, red ti and strobilanthes to add a full spectrum of color.




A last sweet bloom to great me this morning, one of my favorite purple hibiscus flowers.





Hope you enjoyed the tour, to visit other gardens around the world for bloom day, go visit


sharon said...

Aloha,,I just love tropicals I cant grow anthuriums here in Fl...the big island turned me on to mendinilla..Your are beautiful!!..wish I was there....
Mele Kalikimaka!!!!..mahalo

Mark and Gaz said...

Thanks for the tour of your garden again Noel! Life does gets busy at time but with only a few moments maintaining it now you have more time, it's looking lovely again :)

Unknown said...

I see that you are now firmly on island ground after your long tour of Japan. I love your medinilla magnifica. Mine died and I do not have the heart to replant another one. The Hibiscus has a very unusual colour of purple but is beautiful anyway.

giorno26 ¸¸.•*¨*•. said...

Hi my friend :)
from our home to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas !
by Myriam ♡

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Noel. I'm late catching up with your blog, but I just wanted to say that I'm totally entranced by the subtle colors of that hibiscus flower. -Jean

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