Tropical Flowers in My Garden

TROPICAL FLOWERS IN MY GARDEN – As Editor of Hometipster.com I often make references to where I live and the tropical flowers in my garden.  I have over the last year been asked on a few occasions if I would take some photographs of the plants in my garden and so here is just a small taste of the beauty that I wake up to each and every morning.

Tropical flowers in my garden

Beautiful Vibrant Red Tropical Flowers

 

I have to confess I am no botanist and so I really don’t know what most of the plants are called.  The flower above grows on a bush and the entire bush is covered in bunches of these small, delicate vibrant red flowers that attracts all manner of birds and insects.

 

Stunningly Beautiful White Tropical Flowers

Stunningly Beautiful White Tropical Flowers

 

The flower above is one of my favorites.  I don’t know its name but it grows on a tree that looks like it’s dead.  It continuously flowers throughout the year producing a stunning white petal with a wonderful yellow center.  The fragrance produced from this bloom is nothing short of heavenly and impossible to describe.  The local Thai girls pick them often and use them in all sorts of flower arrangements and often wear them in their hair.

 

Stunning Flowering Tropical Bush

Stunning Flowering Tropical Bush

 

These tropical flowers grow on a bush and are huge, easily covering a persons hand.  These, like most other flowers, appear throughout the year and I use them to cover the entire back wall of my home – it’s just stunning in first morning light and certainly there is nothing better than sitting outside in the warm tropical air, first thing in the morning with coffee in hand, surrounded by these magnificent blooms.

 

Beautiful Orchids

Beautiful Orchids

 

No tropical garden is complete without orchids and I have an entire wall covered in hanging Orchids.  They are so easy to grow and I rarely touch them.  Caring for Orchids, if you don’t live in a tropical climate, is not that difficult, in fact it’s very easy and while many believe they are difficult to keep I can assure you this is a myth.

 

And finally… Here’s a photograph of part of the island.  This is a place I visit often in order to draw inspiration and to put life in perspective.

Island of Phuket, Thailand

Island of Phuket, Thailand

 

For all those who know me and follow my posts, I hope this has given you a little insight and quenched your curiosity of what flowers grow in my garden.

 

About the author  ⁄ Hometipster

Hometipster.com - Your Home and Garden Magazine. Deliving great articles on DIY, Do It Yourself, Home Improvement and Gardening. From project guides to inspirational articles on everything from interior design, architecture, landscaping and so much more.

  • Vineyardflute

    Hi Graham,
         What an amazing way to live!!  I know it isn’t all wine and roses but it sure looks like it and I am just going to say it..”I’m jealous!!”   The majority of your flowers bloom all year, right? So you are constantly surrouned by their beauty and scent?
         The flowers in your garden are gorgeous and I would have to agree: the white one is my favorite also, with the first pic-red vibrant-running a close second.  I’ve never tried to grow an orchid, I figured my home woud be too cold in the winter, but I did plant peacock orchids outside this year and they have been beautiful.  They are also white but have a dark maroon center.
         Thank-you for sharing this part of your life, I don’t think I would ever make it to Thailand to see for myself and I enjoy getting to know about places and people.
                                       Hoping you have a wonderful day,  Dee
        

    • hometipster

      Hi Dee
      The flora and wildlife is really nice but the Thais just keep concreting the island in their never ending greed for money.  It’s such a shame and the eco-system is beginning to suffer badly.  I won’t even go swimming in the sea anymore due to the pollution as they just pump raw sewage from home, business and hotels straight out to sea.  They are slowly killing the island and I often wonder why anyone would want to come here for a holiday.

      If you and your husband ever consider South East Asia I would highly recommend Langkawi Island, Malaysia – the Malays are far more eco-conscious and it’s a stunning island.

      Have a great day.
      Graham 

      • Vineyardflute

        Hello Graham,
              That is so sad..about the building up without consequence.  I guess there are no watch groups there fighting? I think they can be a pain here, but at the same time important laws have been passed and guidelines established to try and keep a balance between nature and “progress.’  So do you have a pool for your swimming?  I mean, how can you be surrounded by water and not swim?
              We aren’t too keen on traveling “out of the country” except to Nicaragua where one of our sons live.  There it is so different politically that you need to be on your guard.  Not really a touristy place to go, but the scenery is magnificent–and the locals are so open and friendly.
              I do alot of traveling thru “proxy”–like you who can show me places I may never see even if I did visit the area.  Locals know all the good spots and I really appreciate when you share.
            Thank-you for making the time to share the beauty that surrounds you, Dee               

        • hometipster

          Hi Dee
          Oh no, they have all the laws in place to stop encroachment but with the right type of money under the table then anything is possible.

          The authorities are currently investigating two former Governors over issuing land title deeds on protected government land.  What will the result be?  Like all others, someone will get paid and the case will disappear.

          How bad is corruption in Thailand?  Consider this… the police are the biggest crooks of all.  Just recently 3 were found guilt of 1s Degree murder and sentencing to death – on the very day of sentencing each and every one of them was give ‘Bail’ and are now nowhere to be found.

          Even the Deputy Prime Minister son was convicted of murder while serving as a Police Officer – result?  Easy he’s the DPM’s son so he gets off and gets a promotion in the Police Force.

          I could go on all day and seriously things are so bad you just couldn’t make this stuff up.  I’ll certainly be one happy bunny the day I can earn sufficient to get out.

          Have a great day Dee.

          • Vineyardflute

            Graham, wow-I had no idea.  I have been googling Thailand off and on when I have a few minutes so I could know a bit about where you live and of course that is not on the top 10 list.
                 I can only imagine the  sense of insecurity and anger this might cause.  How terrible for the very people they should be seriving and protecting also.  Do you think your dad will also leave or is he happy there?
               In Nicaragua the govt. is also very corrupt and the militia roam the streets at all hours.  There are guerillas in the jungles and roads to several of the outer villages and there is much violence.  It is so heartbreaking to see no middle class.  You are either the chosen rich or one of their lackeys, or the very poorest of the poor.  There is no middle ground. I don’t know how the country survives when there is so little opportunity for the children.

          • hometipster

            It can be very dangerous here at times but I really think you hit the nail on the head with your closing remark of “so little opportunity for the children”.

            The educations system here is at least 40 years behind the west.  It appears as if those in power want to keep the populace as simple as possible and therefore easier to control.

            In 2015 AEC will take effect, it’s like a European thing with Asian Countries coming together.  The real issue here is employment. Once AEC comes into effect the Thais are going to find it difficult to compete for jobs as the current work-force is 85% unskilled, compared to other countries, such as  Singapore, with just 10%.

            The real issue, in my mind, is that once the Thais start losing their jobs to foreigners and considering the Thais are extremely nationalistic and uneducated, they are simply not going to understand how foreigners can simply walk in and take their jobs.

            I have to be honest, I’m working 16 hours a day in the home that Hometipster will be able to generate a sufficient income for me to be able to leave by or before 2015 as I am almost certain things could turn ugly here.

          • Vineyardflute

            Afternoon Graham,
                 Yes, the world has already hit it’s peak and is on a downward spiral.
                My heart goes out to the Thai people; they are facing a challenge to the very core of who they are.  Somewhere there must be a group that is aware and working on changing things.  We can pray they will make a difference.
              *************************************
                I also have hope for Hometipster and every confidence in you.  What you are building is applicable to anyone living anywhere—either as a contributor or as a reader.  I wish only inspiration and success for you. 
                             Be encouraged,  Dee   

          • hometipster

            Thanks Dee… I’m happy to say that our daily visitor rates are really increasing nicely and that more people are signing up to our newsletter and I’m pretty confident that HT will go from strength to strength :)

            Have a great day!  Graham

          • Vineyardflute

            Hi Graham,
                 That is good news..I am very happy for you and thank-you so much for sharing.
                  Yeah!!!,  Dee
              

  • Duchess

    The white flower is a plumeria. When we lived in Hawaii, we planted one and 25 years later it had grown into a tree. They make leis out of them. Trees had shines green leaves.

    • hometipster

      Hi Duchess

      Thank you for the information. I know do know the Thai name, but I can’t spell it… such a complicated language.

      I have one right outside my window, I can see it as I type this. In the rainy season the flowers disappear and the tree looks like it has died. Once the rains ease off the leaves come back and then shortly after the flowers. The do smell so wonderful.
      Thank you again for the contribution.
      Graham