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Medinilla alata ‘Lalique’

Medinilla Alata 'Lalique'

Medinilla alata ‘Lalique’ is also known as chandelier plant, although I’ve seen that name given to other similar looking plants as well. It hails from either Indonesia or the Philippines, depending on who you ask. either way, it’s a delicate, but beautiful flower,

This one was at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo.

For more information about Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, go to htbg.com.

Rose grape

A rose grape blooms in Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
This week’s posts are in response to the WordPress photo challenge on the theme of ‘evanescent.’

A few times a year, I like to visit Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, which is just north of Hilo on the east side of the Big Island. It’s a wonderful garden, set in a fairly deep gully, with a wide array of plants.

In tropical Hawaii, plants do well year round, but there are still seasons. Different plants flower at different times, so each visit is different. The nice thing about this is there’s always something new to see, such as this rose grape (Medinilla magnifica). The downside is that when I get home and look at my photos, I realize I don’t know what half of the plants are. So I figure I’ll see if I can find a tag next time I visit. But next time, the plant’s not flowering so I have trouble locating exactly what I was looking at.

Ultimately it boils down to me making a mental note to come back, same time next year, when it will be flowering again. Unfortunately, my mental notes have no chance of surviving that long, so the next year I see the flower again, take a new photo, and it’s not until I get home that I realize I already have a photo, still don’t know what it is, and will need to return next year etc., etc., etc.

But the thing is, I don’t really mind this. I just enjoy being at the garden, and appreciating the moments while I’m there.

For more information about Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, go to htbg.com.