This week’s Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa at Wheresmybackpack? is Flowers.
As many beautiful gardens as there are in the world, nowhere are flowers more a part of the cultural fabric than they are in Hawaii.
From the moment you arrive in Hawaii, flowers are everywhere – in the airports, on the fabrics in clothing, and in the leis used to welcome visitors to the Islands.
The state flower of Hawaii is the hibiscus, specifically the Yellow Hibiscus…
… but the hibiscus in any color is beautiful – and seen everywhere!
Hawaii offers coastal, mountain, and rain forest environments, hosting a wonderful variety of tropical flowering plants. Here’s just a small selection of the beautiful flowers we enjoyed. (Click on a photo to enlarge it):
‘Ohi’a Lehua, Anthurium
Rose Grape, Allamanda
Sanchezia, African tulip tree
Lobster Claw, Macaw flower
Bougainvillea, Moon Flower (I think)
Birds of Paradise, Not sure, but think a member of the ginger family
Rattlesnake plant (yellow) and Red Ginger, Red Tower Ginger
As you can see, I was completely taken with the lush plant life everywhere when we visited! For other bloggers’ flowery responses to this challenge, click here.