As I walk out my front door, this is what greets me. The tag says Mardi Gras (Jacfrain). That's about all I know, but she smells lovely!
A bit farther out, just past the front patio is this funky looking guy, known as a golden shrimp plant or Pachystachys lutea.
I think the sun did an awfully nice job coordinating with my day lilies this morning, don't you? Sorry, but I don't seem to have the tag for these anymore. They have a very light scent, which is really lovely.
Remember this little guy who followed me home from the drug store and proceeded to bloom straight through from January to April (I only have photographic proof through March, but, really, they lasted through April)? Well, he's at it again! What a prolific little bloomer! According to his tag, his name is Den. Pam Tajima (atroviolaceum 'Pygmy' x eximium) and he came from H&R Nurseries, Inc. in Waimanalo, HI. Hmmm...maybe I should stop referring to Pam as "he."
This is a hau plant or Hibiscus tiliaceus, and it has traditionally been used for many things in Hawaii, but we are using it for privacy. This picture was taken at 6:05 this morning. It's easy to miss the flowers for the brightly colored leaves.
Same time, an inside view of a hau flower just beginning to open.
I just went outside and snapped this shot at 7:45.
By the end of the day, the flower will look like this and by tonight or tomorrow morning, it will have dropped off the tree, just like any other hibiscus.
Here is a shot of the leaves on this variegated variety. See what I mean about the foliage stealing the spotlight?
Growing below our hau plants is this lantana. This one is the "yellow" variety. I'm sorry. I know I'm a terrible information giver-outer. I like that this shot shows all different stages of the blooms.
And here is the "purple" variety.
Here is my previously purple, now white, Agapanthus. I think this is A. africanus, but don't quote me on that.
After making my rounds, I returned and found this guy just hanging out, literally. He wasn't gathering anything or buzzing around, just resting.