Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

We visited a lavender farm on Friday and our guide, Christina, took us on an interesting tour of the grounds. The farm grows many varieties of lavender but only a few are still blooming in November.

English lavender

Many other plants and flowers grow on the farm as well and I couldn't even keep up with the various names. :) Quite a few Protea were represented. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas contain such a wide variety.

The feathery looking plant is called a White Mink Protea. The large one to the right is a King Protea, which has the largest flower of all proteas.

King Protea

Pink Protea

Lavender fields

Enjoying lavender tea and lavender scones on the lanai

Ugh, I am so annoyed with blogger. I can't get it to take out all these big spaces. I don't know how many times I have gone back in and deleted space after space, saved the post and republished, to no avail. Bear with me. :)

1 comment:

Suzassippi said...

Think of it as the opportunity to savor the anticipation as you scroll down to the next picture! Love the protea; it grows in South Africa as well, and I would often see it in the flower stalls along the street. I was never all that enamored of it, to be honest, but still, these are quite pretty, and the explanation is an added bonus that I did not know.

Between Maui and Ethiopia this morning, I feel too tired to go to DeSoto for my big trip today. :(