#TPThursday: At the Montego Bay Flower Show

As is to be expected, there was a wide variety of flowering plants at the Montego Bay Flower Show last weekend. There were several species of orchids, including Broughtonia Sanguinea that is indigenous to Jamaica, the ZZ Plant, cacti, anthurium, bird of paradise, crown of thorns, ginger lily, etc. But it was the hibiscus that had me pull out my camera. They were gorgeous!

See what I mean?

Double Yellow Hibiscus
Double Yellow Hibiscus
Peach Hibiscus
Red & Yellow Hibiscus
Red & Yellow Hibiscus

I did eventually wander over to the orchids.


I love orchids but they’re very finicky around me so when the flower seller told me the Broughtonia didn’t have to be treated with kid gloves, I felt I had found my orchid match. Here’s the sweet little Broughtonia Sanguinea that I bought. They love indirect sunlight and do well hanging onto the trunks of trees.

Broughtonia Sanguinea
Broughtonia Sanguinea

If you love flowers and are going to be on Jamaica’s south coast this month, be sure to check out the Manchester Horticultural Society’s Flower Show, which will be  held in Mandeville on May 23rd (Labor Day here).

Later this month, from May 22-26, the Jamaica Horticultural Society is scheduled to participate in the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London. If you’re in London, hope you can check it out.

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website.

50 comments on “#TPThursday: At the Montego Bay Flower Show

  1. I love these flowers. . .any flowers, but especially tropical flowers. The hybiscus just captures the imagination doesn’t it? Beautiful shots Marcia!

  2. Lovely colorful flowers! Nice assortment here. I loved those yellow and red Hibiscus!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week:)

  3. I love flowers and gardening. A few years ago I was lucky enough to go to the Chelsea Garden show and had a fabulous time. I came away very inspired by what I’d seen.
    Good luck with the orchid. Neglect is often just what an orchid needs.

  4. I love hibiscus! Growing up in Southern California we had them everywhere but the winters are a little tough on them in the north part of the state. People have them but they require way too much work for someone, like me, who doesn’t have a green thumb 🙂

  5. Such beautiful flowers and pictures. I love the red and yellow hibiscus which aren’t very common. Orchids are my favorites. Great choice on that one.

  6. Gorgeous – I think hibiscus are my favourite flowers! I love flower shows – we are going to the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa next weekend. The kids aren’t quite as excited as I am about seeing the tulips but fortunately there is lots of other things to do in Ottawa as well. 🙂

  7. Nice. We have a hibiscus in our yard and look forward to it blooming every summer. It is HUGE, as I’m sure these were.

  8. That’s one of the many things I remember about Jamaica — the gorgeous flowers! Lovely photos, Marcia.

  9. I love the Tulip Festival. I used to look forward to it when I lived in Ottawa. Apart from their beauty, it was a sure sign that winter was over. Hope you have a lot of fun and take tons of photos.

  10. That must have been such a treat, Leigh! I wish my gardening skills were up to snuff.
    Thanks, will see how my luck holds on this one which I’ll have no problem neglecting.

  11. My absolute favorite flower is the hibiscus! These are beautiful photos, and it sounds like a lovely flower show. 🙂

  12. I love photographing flowers, too. Somehow, those photos never come out bad, regardless of weather or anything external factors. These are so bright and beautiful. Hibiscus is supposedly very healthy as well, chock full of vit C.

  13. You’re so right, Sophie, it’s hard to take a bad photo flower. And they’re full of C, am sure that’s why they make tea from it. I’d forgotten that.

  14. I love the red and yellow hibiscus. So unusual. Before we started travelling I never realised just how many countries they grew in, nor how many colours and sizes. We’re in Sri Lanka at the moment and there are some beautiful ones here but I think the ones you’ve taken photos of are more beautiful.

  15. Hibiscus is just beautiful! We have lot of it here and when I was in school I would pluck a hibiscus turn it upside down with its stamens hanging down and petals would look like a dress and then I would swirl it around as if it was a dancing doll! I loved doing it!

  16. Hahahaha, that’s pretty cool, Naxysch. I thought you were going to tell me you put them in your hair. I remember when I was younger there was a woman who always wore a red hibiscus in her hair. She always looked so attractive.

  17. Thanks, Tracy, glad you think so. The red and yellow ones are unusual.
    Isn’t it wonderful how democratic the hibiscus is? From California to Pakistan to the Philippines to Sri Lanka. Beautiful!

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