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Yes, the pineapple does come in these cool colors of red, white, blue, purple hues. The colors are so awesome that is why i posted it so all can see. In my previous blog the colors were intensified for the sake of photographic art.

I bought this pineapple over 2 years ago at one of the local grocery store somewhere in Houston (maybe at Food Town, HEB, Kroger, Hong Kong Market). The ripe fruit that i bought was yellowish green, like your typical pineapple. Last week to my amazement when i saw the young fruit bursting with colors like Skittle candy, I knew i had to blog it.

Below is the original pix straight out from my Canon 5d on a Canon 24-70 glass. I hope this help. And thank you all for viewing my pineapple blog.

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

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Go to the store and buy a nice juicy pineapple. Pick one with a crown, leafy green spike protruding from the top of the pineapple, that is green and healthy.

Then take your hand and twist off the crown. If you can’t do this then cut the crown off with some flesh attach to it. Then trim away the flesh until you see the base of the crown.

Take the crown and air dry it about a day, dig a hole and plant the crown in a nice sunny place. Make sure you have nice loamy soil; otherwise the crown will rot in poor draining soil. Another way is take the crown and soak it in water until the root starts to form, make sure you keep your water clean while rooting the crown.

Now is the fun part, you have to wait about 2 years to see result. For me, from crown to fruit has been about 2.4 years. As you can see the pineapple is a gorgeous plant.

Top view of pineapple plant

Top view of pineapple plant

Pineapple close up

Pineapple close up

Pineapple fwith so many beautiful colors

Pineapple with so many beautiful colors

Close up of my pineapple fruit

Close up of my pineapple fruit

Full view of my pineapple plant bearing fruit

Full view of my pineapple plant bearing fruit

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This week my dragon fruit flowers bloomed. Each flower is Gi-normous, as you can see by the pictures. The dragon fruit’s flower only bloom at night, but I was able to catch some good images of it at late dusk.

Dragon fruit, hylocereus undatus, pitahaya, pitaya, strawberry pear, thanh long is a vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems that climb up any vertical surface. It grows very fast here in Houston. It is a hardy plant and can withstand Houston occasional freeze.

Hopefully, from these wonder flowers, I will get some dragon fruits in late summer. If you guy are curious about how good it taste, you can stop by any Asian supermarkets and pick some up. I think it averages around $2.99 – $3.99 per pound. You can’t miss it, just look for the pinkish magenta fruit.

OMG! a foot long dragon fruit's bloom

OMG! a foot long dragon fruit's bloom

Dragon fruit, pitaya, thanh long flower bud

Dragon fruit, pitaya, thanh long flower bud

Dragon fruit, thanh long, pitaya close-up

Dragon fruit, thanh long, pitaya close-up

Pitaya, thanh long, dragon fruit flower bud about to bloom

Pitaya, thanh long, dragon fruit flower bud about to bloom

Dragon fruit flower big bloom

Dragon fruit flower big bloom

Pitaya/dragon fruit/thanh long flower in bloom

Pitaya/dragon fruit/thanh long flower in bloom

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The backyard is pretty lush with tropical foliages and showy flowers this time of year. One of my favorite flower, candlestick bush or Cassia Alata, has started to bloom. This flower will bloom from now till mid December. All gardeners should have this plant in their garden.
To keep this post short and sweet ‘cause I am kinda tired from yesterday wedding shoot, which I will blog soon. It will be a treat for the eyes, I promise. Hint: Co-Cathedral of Sacred Heart, Houston, Texas is soooooooo grand! After yesterday wedding shoot I am definitely getting an extender for my IS 70-200.
Oh, one more important thing to mention, did y’all see those flower buds from my dragon fruit / pitaya. I can’t wait until it mature.

Cassia alata Candlestick Bush

Cassia alata Candlestick Bush

dragon fruit / pitaya's flower buds

dragon fruit / pitaya's flower buds

dried plumeria flower pod with seeds

dried plumeria flower pod with seeds

close up of dried plumeria flower pod with seeds

close up of dried plumeria flower pod with seeds

variegated ginger flowers

variegated ginger flowers

close up of variegated ginger flower

close up of variegated ginger flower

canna indica

canna indica

variegated canna pretoria-zebra striped with alternating bands of cream-yellow and green leaves

variegated canna pretoria-zebra striped with alternating bands of cream-yellow and green leaves

variegated canna pretoria

variegated canna pretoria

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Each of us has our own vision of what a tropical garden would be. This is my parent’s tropical paradise in Texas. In their garden, you can find tropical fruit trees, herbs, spices, and vines that are fragrance and exotic as the Far East. As I post these images, I find myself more curious and amaze at the many wonders that grow in this humid Texas climate.

hanging green grapes

hanging green grapes

papaya fruits

papaya fruits

papaya leaves

papaya leaves

guava

guava

purple snow pea pod

purple snow pea pod

hot multi-color peppers

hot multi-color peppers

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Persimmon

Persimmon

I think this is Fuyu persimmon. My tree is about 7 feet  tall and has more than 75 fruits on it right now. It used to have more, but with the hard rain couple of weeks ago, some of the fruits have fallen off.  Here in Houston the persimmon tree can live and thrive. Ok, off to work i go. I am getting ready to go on  a wedding shoot. Reception is at Briscoe Manor. I am very excited. This is my first time shooting at this venue. I will post images from Briscoe Manor later this week.  Thank you for the many dozens of you that logged in last night and early morning. Thank you for your interest in photography.

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