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First lei of 2010

Posted by plumeriafl 9b Florida (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 13, 10 at 21:03

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


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Thanks irun5k... Vero Beach.


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


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Beautiful!


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


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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.


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It's beautiful. How long will it last?

Dave I was thinking the same thing. lol


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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.


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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.


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Very nice lei!


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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


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