Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bright Summer Flowers

I just love all the tropical colour in my garden at the moment
the heleconia
then this orange bud

opens into this flower - doest it seem to be stretching its arms out to reach every ray of sunshine?

The tumeric flower on the other hand hides deep within the fronds

It doesnt need to hide away - look how beautiful the flower is!

Everything about the tropical summer is intense - colour, rain, humidity, heat, - not for the fainthearted!

11 comments:

  1. I think I'm drooling a little over all those bright colours! Beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful blooms ... they certainly match the intensity of the summer.

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  3. Gillian,
    Your Heleconia are looking fantastic. I remember from growing a planter box of them that they loved the heat and humidity here. Mine always looked their best during the peak of summer. I have never seen the Tumeric plant before but I like it.

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  4. I'm refreshed by these images...!
    We're having another rainy day. But must not complain. The reservoirs are not yet full. Cheers! Alice

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  5. Gorgeous heleconia!!! I lost mine to the freeze but I've found a small shoot coming up. Woo Hoo!! Yours make me smile!

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  6. Hi all,
    So glad I could share some tropical sunshine with you, thanks for all your lvoely comments,
    Gillian

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  7. Is that the edible turmeric? I have the exact same kind growing in a dense clump and have just been using the flowers for arrangements, but if its edible turmeric I have some use for that in the kitchen!

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  8. Rainforest Gardener,
    Yes it is! When the whole plant dies down after the wet season you can see the edible rhizomes lying on the surface of the dirt. I dont harvest them until I need them - they keep nice and fresh in their own little pantry!

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  9. aloha,

    what nice pics you posted today...everything looks happy....its almost a month of no or little rain in hawaii...most of my tropicals are sulking including myself :(

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  10. Oh these are so vibrant and ever so colourful. We sell a houseplant here called Curcuma - its flower looks awfully similar to your tumeric - could they be from the same family? We have them in pink, purple and white. Thanks for visiting my place - there have been results!

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  11. Hi Rosie,
    Yes they are the same family as I understand, and all under the wide umbrella of zingiber, which we know as the gingers.

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