I'm working on my Big Island of Hawaii travel posts..
One thing that I brought back with me was a newfound love of tropical plants, especially the palms.
Who knew there were so many varieties?
I don't know why I didn't notice on previous trips, but it may have something to do with chasing small boys and all that.
This was such a nice relaxing and long trip I really soaked up all the beauty of the islands..
I took copious pics of the fabulous palms and plants of Hawaii..
Our sunrise view of the many palms blowing in the wind.
I love all the many shapes...
So many flowering trees!!!
Flowers that grow on beaches!
Tropical forests next to lava fields.
Gorgeous flowers spring right out of the lava cracks!
These reminded me of that Beverly Hills Hotel Martinique wallpaper.
Check out these Charlotte Olympia sandals. Impractical, but soooo fun!!!
We thought these were Dr Suess-like.
A macadamia nut tree.
A monstrous bloom of Little Shop of Horrors proportion, but you can't tell from this photo.
(This particular variety of fern makes good head propellers...fyi. :)
A very ocean like fern!
Palm trees can sway an amazing amount when it's windy. They are extremely flexible!
The variations of color on these leaves was gorgeous.
More prehistoric-sized leaves.
Did you know this is the plant HMS The Bounty sailed to Tahiti to collect?
This very starchy plant has a storied past and today has been found to have 3 compounds in it that are more effective against mosquitos than DEET?
Pretty heart shaped leaves were everywhere at our hotel.
Love the little baby pineapples!
A glamorous pic from a hike in the very wet and steamy volcano forest at Mount Kilauea.
Some charming old Hawaiian style homes on the Hilo side of The Big Island of Hawaii.
These amazing beauty of so many plants had me visualizing landscaping with palms and tropical trees, flowers and painting our California ranch house a bright white!
The new C Home Magazine gave me even more inspiration to do this.
Loved Jessica de Ruiter's Southern California home.
More lovely photos can be found on Habitually Chic.
Creeping fig looks so tropical on her wall.
I would love a banana tree at my entrance and other palms.
Then, my gardener dad pointed out that we have a huge sequoia growing smack in the center of the front yard, which isn't going anywhere soon and may outlast even us.
I guess we are kind of locked in with that Nor Cal look. :/
Darn reality checks!
In the meantime, I'll stick to my native plants I guess and dream of a Hawaiian holiday home.
Anyone else have a Hawaiian inspired garden? I can still smell the fragrant sweet smell of the island!
Next on the blog, more details of the Mauna Lani where we stayed and all I love about my favorite island, The Big Island of Hawaii!