The theme for the flower show this year was Hawaii, as I've mentioned. It seemed to me that there were a lot of Hawaiian plants, but not much that gave one a feel for what Hawaii was like, with the plants in a natural setting.
I've never been there, so I could be quite wrong, but I've tried to choose some pictures today that are somewhat natural looking. The first is from the "front porch" competition. I always really like these areas; people seem to do such different things with them. This one took the blue ribbon- they filled the space with Hawaiian plants.
This is a walkway- as if a pergola has been built through a rocky area. It was very inviting, although we weren't really allowed to walk under it.
Next is a deck, which was also a competition. This one seemed to me to have more of an Hawaiian feel to it.
This was the most natural-looking area, in my opinion. It was fairly large, with bare rocks and grasses and these bromeliads. I'm just showing a small section to try to cut out the number of people you can see.
This one might not be perfectly natural, but I imagine it might be what a nice garden planting could look like. The plants are bromeliads and croton.
Flower shows tend to create flashy displays of plants that wouldn't naturally appear or bloom together, and that's what more of the themed exhibits were like. I'm not complaining; they were spectacular. We'll start visiting some of those tomorrow.
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