Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather. Most gardenias are hardy in zones 8-11, though a few varieties hardy to zone 7 have been developed and a few are only hardy in zones 10 and 11. Gardenias can be grown in pots and brought inside in cold climates. See How To Care For Gardenias for more information.
I live in Central Florida, growing zone 9B which is semi-tropical. Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida. The red amaryllis you buy at Christmas are FORCED bulbs.
In the last month I’ve have shared lots of spring blooms. My large white amaryllis has bloomed for about a month. This last week was the final stalk with 4 or 5 blooms.
By Friday only one amaryllis was left.
At the beginning of this last week, my little gardenia bush had a beautiful, fragrant flower.
On Friday a small white spring flower bloomed. I don’t know the name of it. Next door Vickie has a flower bed filled with the small flowers. She originally received several small bulbs from a neighbor dividing her flowers. That neighbor didn’t know the name as they were given to her years before. That’s how lots of things become part of a garden when gardeners share with each other. Vickie gave me 2 of them 3 years ago. They are looking good this year and the small flower is pretty. I hope the second will bloom also.
I think that is the end of the white amaryllis this year. Next week we’ll look at the red amaryllis in bloom. I hope you enjoyed this little visit in the front yard.
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