It’s hard to believe that only twelve miles away is a hideaway this lush and fertile! On twenty acres of volcanic land that has decomposed, my friend Connie has created a delicious and peaceful botanical garden.
My friend, Velvet and I were invited to come and take pictures. Once we were through the gate shown above, we walked along this beautiful roadway.
All along each side were many plants and flowers. It is obvious a great deal of loving care has gone into developing her acreage. Tucked into the ferns were several of the colorful Stromanthe sanguinea.
Many were plants that we don’t commonly associate with brilliant or startling color, like this bromeliad with scarlet spotted leaves.
Under thick foliage, we discovered hidden treasures like this Japanese lantern.
I love looking back through the foliage and wondering what else is back there.
Color keeps popping up everywhere.
Even without color, most plants are striking and dramatic.
At one point, we stopped and looked back along the path. I would love to live at the end of this lane, hidden from the world.
Finally, we reached Connie’s living space. In addition to the flowers, I’m always attracted to the figurines. This heavenly angel keeps watch over the flora and fauna.
She is joined by the Buddha in protecting the property.
I was stunned at the size and beauty of her yellow native Hawai`ian hibiscus. I found out that mine is from a cutting of this particular plant. Click on each of these small pictures to see a full-sized version.
This climbing Mandevilla vine gave me a great idea for my own property. It is a way to lift the color up off the ground and toward the sky.
Here is a bit of whimsy.
There are too many scenes of flowers and greenery to show individually. Please take time to look through this slideshow before continuing to read this post.
For a larger version of this slideshow, click here.
I’m also envious of this shade house. I don’t need shade on my property, because it rarely stays very sunny for any length of time, but a shade house makes it possible to keep many shade-loving plants together in one spot.
Ideas for my own place kept coming to me throughout the morning we were at Connie’s. At the end of the day, what better place to enjoy a cup of tea and to survey your work?
Another bit of information about Connie . . . she is the owner of TLC, a business providing indoor plant services. If you want to contact her, leave a note in the comments and I’ll let her know you are interested.
For the next two weeks, my brother Hilton will be the guest poster. He lives in Florida and writes a travel/food blog about the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area. Please visit to see some of the gardens of Florida.
A hui hou!