Monday, December 28, 2009

It's My Fantasy; I Can Try If I Want To.

For Christmas I received root cuttings of these tropical flowers. I'm hoping to grow them in my sunny window.
I'm only 10 years away from having a Plumeria Tree like this one!

Twenty years ago, Mom took me to Hawaii. I haven't been the same since. In fact, that visit pretty much ruined me for life.
I'm only 5 years away from having a Red Ginger bush like this one!

Up until that first visit to Hawaii, I'd been happily immersed in my zone 3 garden with nary a clue as to how the other half lived.
Once we had strolled the lush gardens on Maui, I realized my future hinged on one of three things:

- Plan A: Win the lottery.  [I still hold out hope.]
- Plan B: Use a grow light. [Lessons learned. One cannot fool these tropical beauties.]

Plan C - my latest and greatest scheme - involves an entire sting operation.
* I plan to squeeze my tropical flower root cuttings (just tiny little seedlings right now*) into a south-facing bay window, crank up the humidifier and convince them they're still living in paradise.

Will it work? Who knows?
More importantly... Who cares?

It's 7 degrees here, today. If I can convince these beauties they're living in Hawaii, perhaps I can fool myself into believing that, too.
* I photographed all of these flowers on my last trip to the Kula Botanical Gardens in Maui, Hawaii. A magical place, if ever I've seen one.


Anonymous said...

Has it really been twenty years?
I'm appalled. -your brother

Melospiza said...

Good luck!!!

Also, while we're exchanging fantasies (wait--we were, weren't we?), I want to grow a tea plant and make my own tea. In, er, Colorado. Which is famed for its magnificent tea plantations.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hello, Bro;
Yup. We'z gettin' old. Well, you are. I'm not.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thanks, Melospiza!

I can't wait to tour your imaginary tea plantation. :D

Lona said...

Kate I can see why you fell in love with those tropical blooms. They are just beautiful. I hope you will convince them they are indeed in a tropical zone.

Noelle Johnson said...

I can't wait to see if it works! I definitely think plants can be fooled. Look at all the plants that our fellow garden bloggers were posting about in November and December that were still blooming in spite of the weather. I hope it works and you can tell us how you did it!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thanks Hocking Hills - If it works it will be a very fun miracle. :)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hey, AZ - That's a good observation.

I've grown Plumeria in the past and she has flowered. But, then I got the bright idea to put her outdoors, come summer. That's when she figured out my big charade and promptly kicked the bucket.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Kate--you're the gal who can do it!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate~~ Your first photo of the plumeria, ooh, la la! I spent four and a half years in Hawaii as a kid and what I remember most fondly is the flora. Plumeria was my favorite, both the red hued and white/yellow varieties. Good luck with your new acquisitions. Keep us posted.

Thank you for visiting my blog. In answer to your question about photo size, I'm thinking it might be best for me to email you. I'll go back to see if your email is posted on your blog. Mine is

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Bookworm!!

Grace - hee, hee - small world. I sent you an email response regarding the photo sizes. That was not me - rather a very good friend of mine who found you through my blog. :)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Kate, you just put a song in my head about a party. LOL I like the title and content of your post. I don't think I want to live in Hawaii, but North or South Carolina, a couple hours from the ocean sound good to me.

Those are lovely blooms. I hope your cuttings do well.

Happy New Year to you, too!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Sue;
Anywhere close to the ocean sounds fabulous to me.

Happy New Year and Happy Blue Moon! (Which happens on 12/31 this year.)

Thanks for stopping by.

flowers said...

I love the flowers and the way you show them! gardening is one of my biggest passions

Rose said...

Yes, we gardeners are eternal optimists, aren't we? And patient as well:) Good luck with growing these beauties--I would think as long as they can't read the thermometer outside, they could be lulled into thinking they're in paradise and bloom for you. These gorgeous flowers would certainly make these frigid days more bearable!

Happy New Year to you, too!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Happy New Gardening Year, Rose! I was kind of laughing at myself this a.m. when I checked the tiny (3 inch) cuttings I've started ~ with big dreams of a 10 foot Plumeria tree later on. Optimism at it's finest. :D

Kathy Green said...

Hi Kate, good luck with your tropical trials! They are beautiful plants, I would so like to grow some here also. I love the smell of Plumeria. Stay warm. Kathy

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Happy New Gardening Year, Angel! I absolutely loved your post on the Conservatory. Seems we both have tropics on the brain.

Thanks for sending a little gardening mojo my way. I do hope they grow. :))

Unknown said...

Delightful post, Kate. I'm sure you can fool these little suckers. Plants, after all, can't read!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

They can't read and THANKFULLY they can't talk. As I'm sure they'd be bitching up a storm once they figure out they've been relocated to Utah. :))

Happy New Year, Jodi!

Carol said...

Beautiful photos Kate! What fabulous blooms ... I would sure like to think I was in Hawaii too!! The wind is fiercely beating at the doors and windows! Lovely post! Best Wishes for the New Year!! Carol

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Happy New Year, Carol!

Oh, plz, I point and shoot. You shoot with a purpose. Enjoy the butterflies.

Anonymous said...

I just moved away from the islands, and really miss the plumerias! If you love hawaii so much, and long to live there, why don't you move? :)