During the late 1800s, thanks to the success of a number of industries — wrecking, sponging and agriculture among them — Green Turtle Cay enjoyed a true golden age.
Perhaps not surprising, given that their British ancestors valued the flower for its beauty and perfume and used it to make medicines and teas, many Loyalist gardens in Abaco featured roses. Prized varieties were passed on by family members and neighbours.
The frangipani tree in our front yard (a gift from my cousin, Alton Lowe) was in full bloom when I arrived in April. The flowers are as fragrant as they are beautiful.
Pink frangipani (plumeria) flower – Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
Frangipani (plumeria) flowers – Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Yellow frangipani, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas.