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The ‘Scent’ of the Islands – Tuberose & Plumeria...

For those of you who have travelled to Hawaii, one of the lingering memories is the beautiful perfume that surrounds you as you step off the plane… At Island Home and Garden, we are able to match this with first of all, our locally grown Tuberose which is in season from May through October.  The tall slender stalks are capped with white flowers which open over a week, and reveal their own distinctive perfume.  We can use a few blooms in a lei, and a few stalks are enough to infuse a whole house! This year we have been lucky enough to ship in yellow Plumeria blooms, and we are threading them amongst orchids to give our custom leis a burst of color and aroma.  The blooms are a wonderful addition to our already extensive array of colored orchids, and the scent will carry you back to your last island vacation!   Share...

Graduation Leis – Hawaiian & Thai Orchids...

It is almost the end of May, and graduations have begun!  Our special orchid refrigerator is stocked with both Thai and Hawaiian orchids so that we can provide the custom leis that you have come to expect. Some information about our orchids: The Thai orchids are larger than the Hawaiian orchids, and most of you will be familiar with the purple and white standard leis that you buy at most places.  This Thai orchid is called Bombay (and we have another deep purple called Red Bull) which we use as base colors when making multi-colored leis.   Our refrigerator also holds ‘mokara’ orchids from Thailand in shades of orange, yellow, pink and red.  These are smaller orchids, and we use them as accent colors with the purples. The Hawaiian orchids are more delicate, but still make beautiful leis. They are all dendrobium orchids and come in shades of lavender, green, white and dark purple. Don’t forget we can also add plumeria (yellow) or tuberose (white) blooms to add a fabulous tropical scent to your lei!!!   Share...