First lei of 2010

plumeriaflJune 13, 2010

Thought I would share this lei that I made this for my mother in law on the occasion of her 40th wedding anniversary, which was today.

The only sewing needle I could find in the house was much too short for the job, but I managed to make it work by using needle nose pliers to pull the tip through the flower each time. Next time I'll be better prepared.

I find it so rewarding to have enough flowers to make a lei...sort of a threshold you hope every plumeria enthusiast will be able to cross.

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irun5k

Beautiful!!! Nice job. What part of FL do you live in?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 9:52PM
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plumeriafl

Thanks irun5k... Vero Beach.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 11:03PM
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iowajojo

Show off!!! Officially jealous here...sigh

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 11:17PM
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nancyanne_2010(Z 8 / WA)

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 11:37PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

You're killin' me. If I'm lucky, I'll get that many flowers ALL SEASON!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 1:06PM
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plumeriafl

believe it or not I made this lei using flowers picked from just 3 inflos on one tree. I used just 50 flowers. Miami pink gives me big inflos, so after picking, there were still a lot of flower buds on those 3 inflos and today some are newly opened on those same inflos that I just "picked clean."

I think this is within reach of many of you if you stick with it a few years, although I must say I am lucky to be able to keep my plants in the ground year round here in Florida.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 1:20PM
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karyn1(7a)

It's beautiful. How long will it last?

Dave I was thinking the same thing. lol

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 8:26AM
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plumeriafl

Thanks. On a warm day a lei will only lasts about 3 hours or so until it starts to wilt pretty badly. If you need to make a lei ahead of time, you can keep it in the fridge for quite a while though..not sure exactly how long. I think Jim Little's book might have some info on that.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 9:25AM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

pick fresh flowers, soak for several hours in cool water, string (I prefer stretchy thread and use a lei needle) place in a plastic bag and blow into it and rubber band. Store overnight in the fridge. Good flowers (celadine, mele pa bowman, lei rainbow, etc, will last about three days if you refrigerate each evening, More flexible flowers fade within a day to a day and a half.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 6:32PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Very nice lei!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 10:36AM
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plumeriafl

Thanks for the tips tdogdad. Great advice, as always.
By the way, for those interested, I found a pretty good instructional page on making leis.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lei Making from Plumeria 101

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 4:44PM
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