You don’t mind, do you?
Your guess is as good as mine. 🙂
Anyway, if you’re anything like me, you are totally intrigued with what other destinations have the capability of growing. So you take advantage of the area in which you are driving, to hit TWO gorgeous spots, filled to the Hawaiian Heavens with all things tropical plants and flowers.
This one’s for the gardeners.
But you just may find yourself in Heaven.
First stop… welcome to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.
I’ll be truthful. The first time I visited this magical spot, the lavender didn’t stop.
But this visit, it was pretty sparse, lavender wise. Is lavender done in December? Perhaps.
The bonus of course is, I’ll be showing you a lot more than lavender.
This secluded spot nests on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala, so as you can imagine, the view is pretty spectacular. There is no level spot in which to walk, so it really does throw your balance off some.
Even though the lavender part was a bit of a let down, the other plants and the view were not. Wandering through this beauty is just a lovely way to spend some quiet time.
Aren’t these pastel hues on these succulents spectacular?
This place is pretty unique. At first glance, you aren’t really sure if it’s a lavender farm, or greenhouse, or both. The grounds have meandering walking trails, and a tea house, with a rustic charm all its own.
While you won’t see lavishly manicured lawns here, the natural beauty of the plants do indeed shine.
I mean, what in the WORLD… these flowers are works of art!
Not really. I don’t know any of the plant names.
But I can name a mean pallet oil spill. Pure talent where it matters…
I was so smitten with this spot, I uploaded these photos into my Society6 shop.
Oh right, I haven’t blogged about this yet! So I guess I am now. It’s relatively new.
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Moving right along…
Since I was already upcountry, a quick glance at the Google Map app indicated I was pretty close to Kula Botanical Gardens.
Never been! Let’s go!
And thanks to my lovely readers, this is called Banksia!
If anyone else cares to ‘name that flower’, I’ll be watching over comments. 🙂
This tour is about a 45 minute walk. Lots of meandering paths that weave into each other. It’s very well planned, enabling you to walk through the maze without seeing the same thing twice.
But I got it all right here. Oh my goodness. I had no idea.
Spectacular. I hugged them. And sat beside them. And I spun around, mesmerized, and SO! appreciative of where I was right at that moment. It’s just been a huge bucket list thing to see them!
My life was then complete.
Until next time…
Sometimes I think my mantra here needs to be to write a guide book on thee things to do in this place.
But then again… I’d rather keep finding more. And keep sharing them with you. 🙂
Other must sees in this general area…
Do take the Haleakala Highway. It’s astonishingly beautiful!
Backroads to Hana and Grandma’s Coffee House – gorgeous!
Paia – and the yummy flat bread
Makawao – long johns at the bakery a must!
Twin Falls – the drive there is prettier than the stop
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