Sunday, September 10

Pictures of Boungainvilleas

Bougainvillea is native to South America's Amazon rain forest. Bougainvillea was named in honor of Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French military man who discovered the plant in 1768 in Brazil. 

It took several more decades before the tropical vine was actually grown in Europe; the first plant was brought to France in 1800. 

Although their colorful displays are described as flowers, they are actually bracts, paper-thin leaves that protect developing flowers. 

Bougainvillea flowers are usually white. There are two colors in this variety white and purple. From these species have come numerous hybrids of varying sizes, from 2-foot-tall dwarf.

 Orange bracts, fading to purplish pink.

Full bloom  pink bougainvilleas


Saturday, September 9

Pictures of Frangipanis

White frangipanis with a yellow center, is the most common variety.
Frangipanis are among the easiest plants to grow  from cuttings.  One of the most popular summer- flowering plants, the frangipanis (Plumeria sp.) is a common sight in many tropical and subtropical  gardens .  

Frangipanis in a pot
Most frangipanis are deciduous and cuttings are struck during winter while the branches are bare.  You can take a piece any length you like, even a metre or more long as this will give you a good sized plant. 

Pink Frangipanis
Did you know that the frangipani has long been honoured by Buddhists as a symbol of immortality.  It has been referred to as the tree of life due to the fact that a piece of frangipani can bloom after it has been cut off from the main plant.

Frangipani Tree
Frangipani is also known as the lei flower, grows well in warm tropical areas.  

The genus, originally spelled Plumiera, is named in honor of the the 17th French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the New World documenting many plant and animal species.
Beautiful fragrant pink frangipanis,  

The common name "Frangipani" comes from an Italian noble family , a sixteenth-century marquess of which invented a plumeria-scented perfume.


Friday, September 8

Thursday, September 7

Pictures of Hibiscus

Yellow hibiscus with large petals with red ringed halo in the middle.

Red Hibiscus showing the stigma and stamen.

Light Pink Hibiscus with dew drops.

Single petal orange hibiscus.
Trumpet-shaped orange hibiscus. 

Red Hibiscus

Double petal pink hibiscus


Wednesday, September 6

Tuesday, September 5