A few days ago, I stopped in at the Santos Flower & Fruit stand to grab some fresh papayas and apple bananas. These girls couldn’t BELIEVE the size of our flowers and asked me to snap their photo.
Yes, that yellow heliconia is taller than any of them. They told me they were ‘florists from Florida’, and a single stem like this would cost close to $50 on the Mainland! Wow! My back yard, therefore, is full of treasures!
There are hundreds of different species of heliconia – this is one of the largest. You can pop one in a tall floor vase and it will stay looking gorgeous for two weeks!
Being from tropical Australia originally, I’ve always lived with bananas growing in my back yard. But I had to come all the way to Maui to discover this little jewel. It looks just like a small bunch of RED bananas, but has a GORGEOUS orchid pink banana ‘flower’ on it. It looks totally spectacular in flower arrangements and people are always fascinated by it. And no, you can’t EAT these!!!
When I saw the purple beach & dancing lady, I just had to smile! Doesn’t it just say “MAUI”? An extra celebration, too, today with the return of the rain after three VERY dry weeks and Kona vog. My garden gives thanks! It’s a soft Kona rain, perfect for snuggling up and relaxing with your sweetie.
Great pics – thank you, as always, Jungle John!