The Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Hike


On our second day, we decided to adventure into the botanical gardens next door (alright, but they were only a 5-minute drive away. That still counts!)

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Matt showing off his dorky camera hat!

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There were wild roosters everywhere!

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And we even saw a peacock!

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BloomThat, Because Startups Don’t ALL Have to be Tech!


It’s not the techiest thing, but it’s definitely a very San Francisco kind of startup. BloomThat offers a curated selection of ~6 bouquets composed of beautiful locally sourced flowers (check the pictures!) that come wrapped in eco-friendly burlap donated by Weaver’s Coffee each day and, get this, are personally delivered by a bicycle courier within 90 minutes of when you order. It’s perfect for that last minute birthday present!

BloomThatThis story isn’t about the timeliness though, but rather the real efforts of this adorable little startup. I got my boyfriend a gag gift on Bond for his birthday, but they don’t deliver the same day so I really have no clue when it will arrive, so at 3:30 pm I was trying to figure out what I could do to make his birthday more special, and decided to send my metro San Francisco boyfriend flowers.

The selection was gorgeous, but what really blew me away was the service! My delivery window was 5:00 – 6:00 pm, so I was a little surprised when I didn’t get a surprised Google chat message from my love, but rather a phone call around 6:00 explaining that my bicycle delivery guy had slipped in the rain and gotten in an accident. Thankfully, my courier was fine and another one was on his way to deliver the flowers. The customer service was so great though! They updated the address so the flowers would come to us at dinner that night and texted me updates so I would know when it got there!

Needless to say, I’m glad my delivery guy was OK and Matt loved his flowers!

Matt with his flowers

Visit to an Awesome Plant Farm


My grandfather loves to garden and takes very good care of all his plants, so he likes to go buy more every once in a while. That is how we ended at up La Jardinerie de Chevreuse.

The entrance is beautiful (and I got lucky, I got my grandparents to stop for a quick pose!)

There were tons of beautiful flowers and trees, bushy-looking kind of plants, even statues and a pond!

This plant eats bugs! Can you see the fly flirting with danger?

I also found a spot with Buddhist statues! =D

I loved running into this little Zen part of the plant farm.

I thought this was pretty even though I have no idea what this plant is...

I just thought this looked awesome!

I even found a deer!

There were also beautiful lemon trees for sale =3

Can you see the statue in the backdrop of this photo? Can you guess what it’s of?

Here’s a closer look…

There were even some pumpkins for Halloween!

Last but not least, some colorful hortensias for my mom =]