Sunday, October 5, 2008

Today's Flowers


TODAY'S FLOWERS was created by Luiz Santilli Jr. and is now managed by Santilli and Denise BC. Thank you for this wonderful part of the week. It is a great deal of fun to join in and share my flower photographs. You can find the most beautiful flowers from all over the world by clicking on their icon above. The link opens on Sunday at 7:00 PM - GMT.

My contributions this week were taken in Honolulu, Hawaii three years ago. I have named the flowers that I know of. The fresco below was in the hotel foyer. I loved it and as it seemed appropriate to my post I thought I would share it also.

Plumeria, apparently considered a common flower in the Islands but to me it is like a rare jewel. I had never heard of it before and it seemed so exotic and its scent was heavenly. They are sold in lei's and Gregg bought one for me. While wearing it I would bunch the delicate blooms under my nose and sniff all day long. I probably looked a bit strange but I was in my own little world. That's okay, it's nice in there!
Orchids found at The Foster Botanical Garden.
Not sure what this plant is
Ginger Plants taken on our walks around town.


This beautiful flower was in the grounds of the hotel, not quite in full bloom.
Back to Fosters Botanical Garden, the next two flowers are called Brownea Latifolia.

The following photos are from the Cannonball Tree and the blooms were a bit passed their peak but I still thought they were beautiful and unusual, as I had never in my life seen anything like this magnificent tree before. I did have a photo taken underneath its branches. It was only later that I saw the warning sign: "Danger - beware of falling Cannonballs." As I looked around I saw several of them scattered around the base of the tree. They were huge and when I picked one up, very heavy. One of those falling from a great height? Don't like to think about it. Oh well, I'm here to tell the tale but when I go back I won't be standing underneath without the protection of a cast iron open umbrella, if I can find one that is. If I can't I will give it a wide berth and admire it from afar.



51 comments:

Lew said...

Gorgeous flowers! The islands certainly have some unusual plants. And I have driven the roads where you sky watched this week. Thanks for your comments on my sky watch.

The Tile Lady said...

We lived in Hawaii when I was a child, for six months, and then moved to Midway Island (check out my Mom's blog Moments of Joy --it's on my Friends list on my sidebar) next time you visit me, and see her great posts of those years. She also has some plumeria pictures posted because I gave her one for Mother's Day a few years ago, but I think those pics are on her Life in Wakefield blog....You see, I was working at the Festival-Institute, and the gardener was pruning the many plumeria bushes they have (we also had a friend who had a yard full of them!) The stick you cut off can be placed directly into dirt and it will root, so I took the stick, put it in a FedX box and mailed it to my Mom. The bush is now over 5 feet tall! They are wonderful plants!!!!

marina said...

Strange flowers indeed!!! And yet so beautiful!

Leedra said...

Your flowers from Hawaii are gorgeous. I am sure it is like all beautiful places, can't totally capture it with photographs.

Mary said...

Those are all wonderful..I was really drawn to that first one of the Brownea Latifolia. It looks like a lady in a frilly skirt and shawl! Cool! Must have been a wonderful trip. I love the fresco, also.

Denise BC said...

Hi, Denise
Thanks for sharing the fresco, beautiful and the flowers are beautiful all but the last Plumeria is spectacular and exotic and magnificent, his excellent contribution. I appreciate your participation.
hugs
Denise & Santilli - Today's Flowers Team

Dar's Foto Faze said...

I agree with you about the plumeria the smell is so wonderful. These flowers are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Marcos Santos said...

Hi Denise

It beautiful moments here, in his blog.
That beautiful collection of flowers in all types and sizes.

Congratulations!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very pretty flower photos. I didn't get involved this week. I just didn't have the time and wasn't feeling up to par.

shutterhappyjenn said...

Wow... it's like walking through a flower shop! Great pictures for sure! It's really nice to see different flowers each week!

My flower is posted here. Please drop by if you have the time. Thanks!

ellen b said...

It's fun to see these exotic beauties. You took some great photos!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful flower series. All of them are beautiful and I like the last one.
Thanks!

Judi~Gmj said...

stunning series of photos!

fishing guy said...

Denise: You were in a flower paradise and you captured them beautifully.

Cláudia said...

Stunning shots from Hawaii, the plants are similar to Brazilian ones. Very beautiful the last one.

Gill - That British Woman said...

great photo's Denise...........

Gill

david mcmahon said...

A very beautiful array, Denise. Thanks for the visit and the comment, too.

dot said...

What unusual flowers and each one is a beauty!

piedmontperspective said...

They're all so beautiful that I can't make up my mind which flower(s) I like the most. Love the fresco! The rest of the hotel must have been beautiful as well. Great job, Denise!

Quiet Paths said...

What an absolute treat. We were in Kauai during the latter part of March and I didn't see many of these blooms. The Plumeria was just beginning to burst out. These are so lovely. Wonderful post.

April said...

This would be a dream come true to be in the presence of all these beautiful and exotic flowers. Wonderful photos!!

Carletta said...

A bouquet of visual delights!

Connie said...

Wow, they are all so pretty. The canon ball tree is something that I have never seen before.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Oh wow! Amazing.

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Gorgeous flowers. It's great to be seeing flowers on Monday morning.
What a way to start the week!

My Ixora flowers

antigoni said...

Wonderful pictures. Especially the orchids.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful shots and such interesting flowers. I love the smell of that plumeria. I got a lei once full of them... Aaaahhhh! It was such a heavenly scent.

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful and exotic flowers! They are great and beautiful and really stunning!

Lawstude said...

my girlfriend will definitely love this. i will invite her to see this and spray perfume all around the room to have the blossom effect. lols. great post. i truly enjoyed it.

Inkivääri said...

Lovely flowers all of them:)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the interesting post! Beautiful photos!

Caliandra do Cerrado said...

Their wonderful pictures and flowers.
His visit was very important to me, thank you

Elma

lepis said...

Great set of flowers. What a variety the islands provide for our enjoyment. Lovely stuff and well photographed. Haven't even seen some of them.

Krisu said...

Unusual yet gorgeous flowers! Wish I'd visit Hawaii some day too.

Ms. Hays said...

so pretty!

nonizamboni said...

What a lovely post! And exotic too. I especially liked the opening blossom of the Brownea Latifolia--so much like a tassel.
Thanks for the visit to paradise!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think I need to take a trip to Hawaii. ;-)

Webradio said...

Very, very beautiful flowers...

Nice blog, I'll come again...

SandyCarlson said...

Those flowers and the fresco are gorgeous, Denise!

Titania said...

Hi Denise; your collection of tropical beauties is fantastic. The fresco is delightful I thought it was old lace. I love the Plumerias too; here called Frangepani. The red flower with gold is a dwarf Poinciana, Caesalpinia pulcherima.
Denise thank you so much for your kind words on my diary "Under a hotter Sun." I am glad you like it.
May I link your blogs to mine; titania-yesterdaytodayandtomorrw?

dulce said...

Well ... I can´t say which one I love the best. They are all beautiful. Some gentle ... other with a fantastic colour. Quite a collection!

Paz said...

Wonderful photos, all!

Paz

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Denise,

I only can said two words about your post:
Instructive and Unforgettable!

Luiz

Lilli & Nevada said...

these are all beautiful with such bright colors

arleena said...

Great photos and beautiful flowers

PERBS said...

I'm late but it is still Monday here. . . Your flowers are beautiful , just beautiful. I lived in Hawaii for three years and hadn't seen Plumeria in a very long time. Thanks for the memories!

Roses and stuff said...

I've enjoyed all your photos on this post - beautiful flowers -all of them!
/Katarina

Carla said...

Hawaii has such unusual and beautiful flowers. I especially love that first Orchid, but they are all lovely.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

Beautiful flowers! What a lovely collection to enjoy.

Denise said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

Louise said...

As usual, beautiful and informative! The picture of the orange flower in font of the blue sky is wonderful!