Category Archives: Flowers

Plumerias are blooming all around me!

Yes, I know we see plumerias all year long. But except for a few stubborn trees, most of the others go to sleep during the fall and winter.

The other day I looked around and saw plumerias everywhere!  Hallelujah!

Plumerias koko wm

They’re out in all their glorious colors.

Sweet
Sweet

 

Royal Yellow Plumerias
Royal Yellow Plumerias

 

Fallen Plumeria
Fallen Plumeria

 

Even our tiny tree is blooming.

Plumerias in our yard
Plumerias in our yard

 

So of course I had to pick one and bring it inside.

Treasure
Treasure

 

We love our plumerias. Enjoy the season. I’ll have more soon! And don’t forget to visit my Fine Arts store for prints, canvases, greeting cards and more.

http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/index.html

 

Aloha!

 

Spring– at last?

Spring is trying hard to emerge from this lingering winter.

The flowers are cooperating. I’m seeing tulips in our local shops again and of course had to buy some right away.

 

 

Still Life Tulips
Still Life Tulips  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/still-life-tulips-jade-moon-.html
Tulips http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/tulips-and-raku-vase-jade-moon-.html?newartwork=true

 

I rescued some budding branches from a Chinatown vendor who had plopped them in a bucket. They rewarded me when I got them safely home by delicately unfolding  pale, pink spring blossoms.

Spring Blossoms
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Gerbera daisies are good for year-round color and warmth.

Daisy Tri http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/daisies-in-vase-jade-moon-.html
Daisy Trio  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/daisies-in-vase-jade-moon-.html

 

Hello, Sunshine!  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/yellow-daisy-on-blue-jade-moon-.html
Hello, Sunshine! http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/yellow-daisy-on-blue-jade-moon-.html

 

And look what’s popping up in neighborhood yards– I love the intense blue of Agapanthus, even– and maybe especially– when they’re just buds.

Budding Beauties
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If you like what you see, check out http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com

I can’t wait for the plumerias to fill Hawaii yards again. If you know someone whose trees are already in full bloom, email me at jmoonjones@gmail.com

 

Hothouse Fantasies

It’s estimated there are 25,000 to 30,000 species of orchids with at least 10,000 of them in the tropics.

That’s truly staggering.

What’s even more amazing is that so many of them are exquisitely beautiful. It’s as if Nature took a hit of LSD, grabbed a brush and  went on a mad, delirious spree in a Benjamin Moore paint store.

Flush
Flush  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/flush-jade-moon-.html
Pretty Spiders
Pretty Spiders  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/pretty-spiders-jade-moon-.html 
Hothouse Jungle
Hothouse Jungle  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/hothouse-jungle-jade-moon-.html
Purple Orchid in Vase
Purple Orchid in Vase  http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/purple-orchid-in-vase-jade-moon-.htmlSoft and Pretty

Soft and Pretty http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/soft-and-pretty-jade-moon-.html

Fantasy
Fantasy http://jade-moon.artistwebsites.com/featured/fantasy-jade-moon-.html

Hello, New Year!

May your 2015 be everything you hope it will be.

 

Rethinking the Art and Beauty of Christmas

 

Plumeria Christmas
Plumeria Christmas

There was a time when my husband and I did all our Christmas shopping in one or two marathon, feet-killing days. We’d head off early to a mall, usually Ala Moana, and spend the entire day there, with our list and our walking shoes and our youthful stamina. We didn’t mind it at all. In fact, we were full of Christmas cheer.

Those were wonderful days. When our son came along, it was a bit more challenging pushing him around in a stroller, but we did it. By the end of the day the stroller was laden with bags and boxes and cute sleeping baby.

It was fun.

Then, somehow, we lost our way. I started doing all or most of our Christmas gift shopping online. It was so easy! Free shipping! Point and click! No crowds, no muss, no fuss!

No fun.

After a few years of that, I saw the light and came back around, back to basics. For the past few Christmases, I’ve been shopping strictly local. I patronize local brick-and-mortar shops, and the online sites I buy from benefit

Hawaii artists, craftsmen and businesses.

Maybe it’s because I know of so many talented artists and artisans, and I want to acknowledge their contributions and efforts.

Handmade ornament
Handmade ornament

I’ve recently dipped a small toe into the swirling waters of e-commerce and all I can say is, whew. It’s hard work, no matter how small the enterprise. It’s given me an even greater appreciation for the entrepreneurs and small-business owners I know. They have to be among the most optimistic and brave people I’ve met. I want to support them. I want them to survive, thrive and succeed.

Christmas is such a commercial behemoth that it’s important, I think, to dig beneath the glitter, and there — under the mountains of boxes and gift cards and dollars spent — find the giving, beating heart of the holiday.

I’ve come to believe the way to find true meaning is to go small, not big. Buying local for thoughtful gifts is one way.

Making gifts is another.

Every December, I receive a box in the mail from a dear friend. I see her name and smile. I show it to my husband and he smiles. I tear into the box to find the best shortbread cookies ever made anywhere on the planet at any time in the history of cookie making. I’m not exaggerating. This has been going on for many, many years.

This year, I had something I made myself to give back. I must say, it feels really good.

Cookies and calendar
Cookies and calendar

It’s not about dollars.

Be stress-free this year. Don’t try to impress, unless you’re impressing with love.

Put the Happy back in the Holidays.