Friday, November 4, 2016


We visited my brother Gary's home on the Hilo side of the Big Island last week. He inherited our family's green thumb and has assembled exotic flowers and plants in a jungle-like setting.  He also grows Papaya, Avocado, Bananas, Guava, Starfruit, Lilikoi, Lychee, Pineapple, and Rambutan. This is a gorgeous "Queen Emma Lily", named after the wife of King Kamehameha IV in the 19th century.

We all took a tour of Gary's backyard. The kids felt it was like an adventure.

The kids loved touching the "Sensitive Plant" to watch the leaves close.

It's a jungle out here! 

 We all loved seeing this striking pink Hibiscus!

Lauren says, "Come on Uncle Gary, please show us more!"

 This is a "Purple Princess Flower."

I am not sure of the name of this plant, but the flowers are very vibrant. It may be a "Turks Cap."

 Hibiscus is the "signature" flower of Hawaii and a favorite of ours.

A profusion of exotic trees and colorful plants grow on the side of the house.  The hanging Spanish Moss like plant is the "Tillandsia usneoides." In the old days people called it "Mr. Dole," a reference to the long beard of Hawai'i's first territorial governor.

A colorful "Anthurium" makes a dramatic statement.

There are amazing varieties of "Ginger" species in the Islands. At the top is a "Torch Ginger" and on the bottom is a "Shampoo Ginger." Hawaiians once used this plant for shampoo.

I have always marveled at Gary's "Pink Mandevilla" vines and their enormous flowers.

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Gary's backyard. Next week I will take you to see one of the most amazingly beautiful tropical gardens I've ever seen. Stay tuned.

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