When gardeners vacation, they are excited to see flowers and plants they don’t normally see in their own backyards.

If you are accustomed to seeing petunias, geraniums and marigolds, when you spot a tropical hibiscus or bougainvillea, you grab your camera and click away.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to take a big trip with my wife to the Mediterranean Sea, an anniversary cruise, visiting many ports and Old World cities.

On the cruise ship, we were surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements, and on land, we were treated to even more flowers.