A little over two months ago my friend Jane and I went on our usual walk to check the surf, slipping quietly past the local school and out onto the headlands overlooking rolling lines of swell. It is so easy to dismiss the simple beauties when enticing swell lures your attention forward...but on this particular walk we were struck by the striking beauty of the Frangipani flowers, swaying quietly in the soft sea breeze against surrounding thick green leaves.
The Frangipani trees, or Plumeria, around the Byron Bay and Lennox Head area are divine. Yellows, whites, pinks and reds, from the smallest cuttings to the oldest trees these flowers line the east coast.
Cultures throughout Asia and the Pacific have adopted these dazzling beauties associating them with love, friendship and even divine worship and it is common to be welcomed in many Asia Pacific countries with leis of strung Frangipani flowers.