Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Power Flower

Now that we are back home after a marvelous vacation, I keep remembering the flowers. Mind you, here in NOCA we are pretty blessed with flowers - we have no grounds for complaints in a place that has roses in January!

But Hawaii's flowers are different. Brighter. Bigger. More fragrant. More flagrant. They are sexy and they are absolutely everywhere - decorating the tops of the tallest trees with flame-orange, in the medians at shopping centers, casually tucked behind ears.

Some, like this hibiscus, bloom for a single day, then fade. Others last for several days, perfuming the air as I drive by. When I remember this vacation, my memories will be filled with flowers.

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Blogger Greg said...

Welcome back! Hope you have your rain gear handy.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Like you, having spent childhood years in Hawaii, I think all those crazy flowers are just normal. We had a hibiscus hedge next to our house, and plumerias lined the street.
So, yeah, I miss them too. Trying to get used to daffodils. :)
Welcome back!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011  
Anonymous Peter said...

I'm still keeping my Mom's two hibiscus plants going after all these years. They need repotting, but they flower reliably. Do you want a night-blooming cereus? I can send you a cutting. Their flowers are as otherwordly as anything Hawaiian.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, yup, my rain gear was not packed in the suitcases the airline lost.

Cookiecrumb, thanks for the welcome. It's good to be home, altho' I already miss those Island flowers.

Peter, yes, please! I'd enjoy having a cutting, especially if it comes with helpful planting and care instructions. We usually go to Hawaii at Christmas time and enjoy the night-blooming cereus that lines the Punahou fence and blooms in profusion every year. Spooky, wonderful flowers!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011  
Blogger namastenancy said...

I've been researching Hawaiian flora and fauna for my next watercolor project. You've inspired me! How do you say flower power in Hawaiian?

Thursday, February 17, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, "Pua" is flower in Hawaiian and I think "mana" is power. But manapua is a Chinese steamed bun food, so maybe that word has Chinese origin? I have more Hawaiian flower images that I can send to you via email if you want more to choose from.

Thursday, February 17, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, I also went to the Honolulu Academy of Arts for lunch with a friend, then upstairs to their show of Hawaiian artists from the earliest times to the more-or-less present. Thought of you, especially when viewing the two beautiful Georgia O'Keefes in the collection.

Thursday, February 17, 2011  
Blogger Salim Reza said...

When ordering Hawaiian orc hids & tropical flowers from Big Island Coffee Roasters, your tropical flowers are cut on Sunday morning and shipped between.
Hawaiian tropical bouquets
send Hawaiian flowers
Cut flowers from Hawaii
Phalaenopsis orchid plants
Cattleya orchid plants
Inter-generic orchid plants
Anthurium plants

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