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Monday, January 19, 2009

Kauai Flowers

It's called "The Garden Island" for a reason. The tropical flowers in Kauai are varied and colorful. This one is plumeria, which is fragrant and grows at the tips of a fleshy tree. We stayed at the Plumeria Cottage in Kauai Cove Cottages, which was a lovely rental on a quiet residential street. Turns out our friends Chris & Jane stayed in that exact same cottage a year and a half ago. Small world.

Here are some yellow flowers that I liked.

I don't know what this white flower is. I took this photo in the Moir Gardens at the Kiahuna Plantation resort. Sandie Moir was the wife of the Kohloa Sugar Plantation's estate manager. She liked to collect plants, especially cactus, and started this garden in 1938. Her plants are really thriving. This garden was one of the few places not destroyed by Hurricaine Iniki. Here's the inside of the flower.

The garden is open to the public for free during daylight hours. They have many orchids, which seemed to all be in bloom when I was there. It was windy that afternoon and the orchids were waving around, so a bunch of the pictures came out blurry, and I could not remember how to use the macro feature on Steve's camera, but I still came out with some good photos. The orchids look really pretty against the black lava rocks.

There are also a number of ponds within the gardens. One of them had koi, which were sleeping.

Here's another plant that I haven't identified, but looks cool.

This plant was very pretty too. Looks like a houseplant, only really healthy.

These gardens surround a restaurant called Plantation Gardens Restaurant, which I wish we'd had time to try out. It was an elegant setting, and the menu looked really good. More tropical pictures coming, I promise.


Anonymous said...

Shell ginger - white with yellow pink inside. Hope you had a wonderful time in this paradise.

Dorothy Reinhardt said...

I thought it might be some sort of ginger. Thanks for letting me know. Yes, I sure did have a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

The second to last pic is of agave attenuate or foxtail agave. I was searching goggle in hopes of a pic of the cactus they have along the entrance to plantation gardens...along the lava wall a. In the 10 years we have been returning to this location I had never notice them blooming. I was hoping you might have a pic of it and the name... I don't see it. But thought I might add that Plantation Gardens is our favorite. The Koloa fish market in kola is the best place to go for ahi poki!

Dorothy Reinhardt said...

Thank you for the id on that agave. I will have to look through my other pictures to see if I have one of that cactus you mention.

We did not make it to the Koloa fish market either. Darn, I guess we'll just have to go back.