Taking part in the Hot, Loud, and Proud Meme

For those of you unfamiliar with the word, meme, YourDictionary.com defines it like this:

meme (m?m), noun

a unit of cultural information, as a concept, belief, or practice, that spreads from person to person in a way analogous to the transmission of genes

Interesting definition.  I just never bothered to look it up.  In a nutshell a blog meme is a sharing of like information between bloggers.  It’s similar to a blog carnival but not quite the same.  A meme is more focused.

Noel over at A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii brings us this meme.  I fell in love with the idea because I take pictures of the craziest things simply because they’re beautiful.

I don’t have my own garden but our local flora is always an attraction and now I have something to do with those photos that I couldn’t stop myself from taking!

Here’s how it works:

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Show us your tropicals and exotics, your hot mediterranean colors and wild combinations, amazing discoveries and unusual variations. Or how about something exciting you just saw, a crazy garden,  amazing garden art or design, an inspiring visit or hike?

This meme is open to all (you do not have to live in an exotic location to participate)  and will be on the last day of each month…so mark your calendars and lets do something fun on the hot, the loud and the proud meme. I’ll have the link available early, east coast time (USA) to catch you early birds and even earlier for those of you in other countries.

Here is the most recent edition put together by our Plant Fanatic friend, and what follows is my participation in this meme.

White ginger with a beauty matched only by its sweet fragrance

White ginger is so delicate but smells so wonderful and makes the sweetest lei!

Red torch ginger seen around more often these days but still used at graveyards for its longevity

We’ll use this hedge as a divider between the ginger and some of my hibiscus pictures. 

Looks like a mock orange hedge but its color is diluted green instead of forest green

The hibiscus go along with what our meme host, Noel, has done with his meme article this month!  Hibiscus seem to cry out to have their pictures taken!  I’m always on the look out for that perfect hibiscus, no matter what color it is.

A little yellow hibiscus from the grounds at Aloha Tower.

It’s interesting to see how the same overall color hibiscus can still look so very different!  

Beautiful, full, yellow hibiscus from the top of Nu’uanu

I wonder how much of this is soil content and/or environment.

Same yellow hibiscus but this one is from Mililani

While the yellow hibiscus is our State’s flower, there is certainly no faulting the beauty of the other colors!

Perfect pink is hard to find but this pink hibiscus came very close.

Again, we still see variations, albeit some are only slight differences.  

Bright pink hibiscus doesn’t have the perfect leaves but oh my the perfect color!

I’ve discovered that the hardest hibiscus to find in perfect shape seems to be the red one.  They are very alluring but perhaps the bugs and birds think so too.  They are often a bit beaten up.

Cattle egret stepping dangerously close to an oleander hedge

I’m using my darling bird friend here as another divider between the hibiscus and the bougainvillea.

Pink and orange bougainvillea

 Another bright and beautiful flower, the bougainvillea can sometimes be a challenge to maintain and keep tidy.

Lavendar bougainvillea are beautiful and the photo does not do them justice

They do create a lot of leafy trash. 

Bright magenta bougainvillea

There are a lot of bougainvillea all over the place and they are used for decoration and another favorite hedge-type plant.  They don’t always cooperate with the hedge idea and may require a few more trimmings.

These little yellow flowers are always eye-catchers

These little yellow guys are often used as ankle-high hedges and are being used here as a divider between bougainvilleas and the other miscellaneous oddities that I have found.

Pretty yellow and white flowers are actually weeds

These pretty little things are actually weeds.  All weeds should be so lovely!  

This spider lily looks oh so fragile

The spider lilies are always very pretty and so interesting. 

My favorite in this post has to be this little confused t-leaf plant.

Green t-leaf plant with red streaks

I can’t help but think this t-leaf plant was just trying to fit in and keep up with its neighbors!

This was fun!  Thank you, Noel, for letting us share the various forms of beauty that catch our eye and make us pull out our cameras!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Dec 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Beautiful!

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Sheila! Don’t forget to send in a post for the Carnival. Your name just reminded me to remind people. Tsk. Shame on me! 🙂

  • 3 gigi-hawaii // Jan 1, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Excellent photography! HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU, EVELYN!

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Hi Gigi! Same to you! Did you have a nice New Year last night? Looking forward to a good year! How about you? 🙂

  • 5 noel // Jan 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

    aloha and happy new year…isn’t it great to share our hot colors this time of year to other colder areas of the world…its a wonderful thing to share and thanks for participating.

  • 6 Evelyn // Jan 2, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I think it’s great, Noel! I really like this meme idea because I just have to take pictures of those wonderful colors, and now I have a reason. 🙂 Thank YOU!

  • 7 Andrea // Jan 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Evelyn i am new here. Those shots are so vivid, i specifically love your yellow hibiscus. Other flowers are also common here in the Philippines.

  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Hi Andrea! I love Rafael’s Farm that you posted about on your blog. Wow, what a beautiful place! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving your comment! 🙂

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