Notice the tall dead looking trees? They are wiliwili trees and used all over the islands for wind breaks. A few years ago a wasp was imported onto 1 island by mistake and it spread to all the islands and has killed all the wiliwilis.
That looks like paradise. I don't know the name of the mystery tree, but surely someone will come along that does. You must have been in ecstasy with all the fabulous plants. Hope you brought lots home.
Jeri, wonderful view. I know of only one plant you've mentioned. The Plumeria. Did you take some cutting home? They root very easily here. Love our warm summer climate, but has to overwinter indoor.
I was luckly to have got some cuttings from a friendly local Nursery. Had success rooting this plant. From rooting, to blooming time within one growing season. I've the Pink, and White with Yellow center. They're irresistable.
I bought some cuttings of plumeria and one stick was just hanging on a plumeria tree that was calling my name. The seeds I collected were palm, autograph tree, Afican tulip tree and banyon tree. We'll see if any come up.
Have I wore anybody out. There was just so much to see and do. We needed the 5 days at sea to rest up from the islands. I thank God & Jim for the trip of my life time. It was truly beautiful and now I see a Hawaiian theme going on in my backyard. LOL.
If yall aren't to tired from my trip I'll do Honolulu another night real soon.
Jeri, do you have anyone to put those pictures on a dvd as a slide show for you and put some music with them? That may be something you would enjoy watching from time to time since it was such a memorable trip.
Thanks Very Much for sharing paradise. I hope you will share more of the pictures. I am sure that is the only way I will ever see such beautiful places. I do not get to travel like that. I love the flowers everywhere. They are great pictures. gn
Thanks gn63 & Lily_love, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I never thought I would get to go either. I'm still in shock over that fact. Jim & I decided to do it before we couldn't. We did it on a cruise ship and that was relaxing but boarding & deportation was kinda rough. We've retired to motorhome travel. No more suitcases.
Beautiful pics..the tree that you couldn't ID is a Bauhinia or Orchid Tree. have one that I planted from seeds from e-bay about 5 yrs. ago..had a larger one, but it finally bit the dust..have to bring them in here in the winter..mine has never bloomed..have a friend in Houston that has them..she may have seeds if you want them, let me know...she has a tropical paradise like you in her yard.
Jeri I have not had much computer time lately and I have just now found your pics... they are wonderful thanks for sharing. I enjoyed them immensely ... I am glad you were able to go on your great trip... awesome ... shirleyt
Hi Jerri and all my DG's gardening friends,
Pictures are lovely, and thank you for sharing. Jerri, how is your Plumeria cutting turns out? This year's late frost sure set thing back a little. Let's get together and go to Hawaii, wouldn't that be great? (I wished).
p.s. DH and I have a "fur-ball" to go to this evening. Will be back and post more pics. later. Hey, how about picture of us in western attires? (NOT), though our neighbors gave us hats to wear. :-)
Hi Jeri... the hubby is doing much better. He is back to his old self. His heart has only been working at 15% for years so he can not do a lot but then at his age he does not want to do a lot... lol. Just having him with us is a blessing we came so close to losing him.. I am doing great... Magnolias are blooming and it is truly Spring the best time of the year...shirley
Jeri, Our DH, are such busy, thoughtful men. Shirley, We're so blessed. I too feel happy any rare day, if DH just pause and says let's take it easy and enjoy this day. Let's hear for the loving men in our lives.
hip hip horrrray for the loving thoughtful kind and generous men in our lives. I am hoping mine will be home tomorrow. He has been gone so long. In fact, I have spent a good portion of today mowing so he won't have to when he comes home. (Beside they are expecting rain so I imagine it will be too wet.)
Go Carol, I remember a while back, I was afraid of the riding lawn mover. Mostly what I was afraid of; what if I ride the thing right into the lake. lol. But I get used to those machinary thing soon enough. DH even taught me how to water skii. So go girl, I too try to surprise hubby occassionally by mowing the lawn so he wouldn't have to.
well thanks for the encouragement my friend. (Always nice to get a pat on the back.) The part around the house I did last week needs it again...or the weeds do. But the pasture was too wet then and this is the first time this year for along the driveway. He still has a good 40 acres to do with the great big mower if he feels so inclined. I don't think I want to tackle that bit of machinery. He's always tinkering with it and getting hydraulic fluid all over everything but it mows 11 feet in a swath so I suppose its worth the mess it makes. lol
40 acres plus of land, wow. I can envision lot of natural beauty and hard work comes with it. BTW, how is your Green House project going? Congratulation on that project. It's still a dream of the future project for us. How about starting a new tread, new topic of interests?
As for starting a new thread about our interests, go for it Kim. Sounds like a good one!
The greenhouse is still minus a roof. I know Sharon's got her husband Max busy planting their ENORMOUS veggie garden before the rains come. She must have had 10 pounds of seeds! I know they are both hurtin!
A couple of the side panels blew off the other day and I managed to get them back on and added more clips. They only had 2 sets of 2 clips so I added another set on those panels. We'll see how it holds up with the changing weather over the next couple days.
We are on 45.5 acres here...a little strip of woods along a creek, an enormous amount of asphalt, a couple miles of white board fencing and the rest is all bermuda sod. I've hired (savagegardener) Sharon's son to help me dig new beds and that is money well spent. That young man sure can dig! lol
Congratulation Jerri on the cuttings. Like Carol mentioned, some seeds take a long time to germinate. Especially those rare finds. Over the winter, I sown seeds of various kinds, of a dozen Japanese Pagoda tree's seeds. Two germinated, I'm 'babying' these two tiny little trees and hope to see them get to be any sizes to them. But, I'm so trilled seeing the seedlings made it.
Ok, the words are out, we're talking (I mean initial stage of planning) about a trip to Hawaii among us gardening friends from the Southern States as well as anywhere DGers that may be interested. Those live in Ca. if you all can have us as guests when we fly out there, that would even be better. lol. So folks, don't be a stranger. Get together and let's talk about having a fun trip.
Jeri. Since this thread is the start of our friendship. Also where you've inspired me in the thought of visiting Hawaii. Here I was, 1st week of March. I'll post a few pics. to share. Wished we could make a big group visit to the Islands, but that didn't happen. Just DH and I on this trip. Mauii (among other 160 or so Islands of Hawaii); the US's only tropical paradise:
Maui is wonderful, me and Dave had our honeymoon there. I absolutely love Lahaina. We found this brewery just beyond Ka'anapali Beach behind McDonald's in a shopping center, they had the best seafood, just some little hole in the wall. Me and Dave have been craving Poke lately too, might have to try to make some. LOL!! And pineapple salsa... mmmmmmmm
We stayed at a well known resort in Maui, opted for a small garden cottage facing the Ocean. That was so enjoyable! They have the best breakfast buffet I can ever dream of. And I am not a breakfast-person.
Jeri, tell me more about Honolulu? Next to Maui, we spent the later half of our one-week vacation on the Big Island at Hilo. Here is a pic. on the big Island. Christine, were you there in Honolulu? There are so many attractions to see and do. I'd love to return in the near future.
Tehehehehe. I afraid we didn't feel that funky at the moment. Jeri. Terrie, I understand your hubby's sentiment. Travel is rough. Not to mention jet lag. I'm still adjusting to the time zone changes myself. Hawaii is 4 hours something behind us, now with our added day light saving time changes. I'm out of sort in a big way. lol
Here is some blooming gingers. I can spend days and days admiring these beauties.
Kim I was in Honolulu years ago. Spent a week. From what I've seen and heard from other folks who have been I would want to go to some of the other islands instead of going back to Honolulu. It was very commercial. I went to a Luau, Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian Village, walked on the beach every morning. Other stuff that I can't remember! Would like to go back again one day.
I understand there are 8 main populated Islands among 160 something total. I'd love to come back and visit Pearl Harbor (in Honolulu?), see the Polynesian villages and other plantations, wildlife. We did alot of driving around on rental car. Next time we'll make the cruise ship, I hope.
Ha, I want to go back when these tropical almonds are ripe so I can eat them. Yummmm.
We visited 2 of the eight Islands Kenny, there are six more (give and take 3 more visits to cover them all). Then again, there are yearning for more. We at DG need to get together and make a group travel to get some discount airfair. lol
Plumerias shown here in Maui where they have shed all the leaves and look to be dormain. But when we were at the airport in Honolulu they're ...
...Plumerias in Honolulu. There are said to be 11 different microclimates in Hawaii. It can be balmy, toasty in one Island and snowing on a mountain top at another Island. It's fascinating! (Considering the distance from one Island to another, I guess it's the elevation differences).
I can't believe we missed Haleakala National park in Maui. Now I came home and read about it in a book by Jack Jeffrey and H. Douglas Pratt. I just knew another trip back to the Island is in order. Thank for pointing that out Kenny.
Kim I was in Maui the first week of May, 2006. We rented a studio condo on Ka'anapali Beach in one of the resorts, that was on the beach facing the ocean 10 stories up. I got some excellent pictures of parasailers and kayaks sitting on our lania. I would love to go back, but it's not cheap. When we went we still lived in CA so the airfare wasn't near as high as leaving from here. We want to get to Alaska too, and tried to before we moved, but it didn't happen, the market fell too fast and we had to get outta there! LOL
Charlotte, you need to go to Maui, you would absolutely love it!
Great idea, let's pinch our pennies and plan for 2015! That should be enough time for all of us to collect enough money... What do ya'll think?
Here is a beautiful cottage like home in Maui. I wanted to buy this home for myself (yeah dream on) for the tree. lol. I wanted the house because of this Hongkong Orchid tree (bauhimia x blakeana). Jeri, this is the orchid tree's bloom that you held in your hand on previous posting on your trip. These orchids trees are planted on roadways and everywhere in Maui.
I just love that flower!!! Is it called a bird of paradise? I bought a couple of those years ago to put in an arrangement and just let them dry. Just last night I decided it time to throw them away as they had turned totally brown. I had been reluctant to throw them away as I still liked the shape.
Charlotte, those flowers are easily mesmerizing us. I brought a couple of those pots from HomeDepot. Their size is about a fraction of what these babies are in their natural environment. Jeri, did you know, those colorful Ti-plants make berries? Let's see if I can find a pic. of them.
Kim it was May 2009. It seemed like each island offered something different. Those trees where in full bloom in Maui and lined the road going to Haleakala Crater. We even saw a few on the road to Hana.