The first week in May saw the end of the red amaryllis blooms and 10 days of white lilies.
Remember my little live Christmas tree from December? (I bought it as a tiny Christmas tree 3 Christmases ago) I repotted him in a larger pot and placed him by my porch. He’s happy there in the sun. Can’t wait to see what he looks like by next December.
Since mid January when my tropical garden was devastated by 2 nights with temperatures down to 28, I have been cutting back and removing dead plants. This month I have seen a few plants make small new starts and started to add new plants.
My large red tropical hibiscus in the front yard was one of my favorite plants in the garden. It gave me red blooms 12 months out of the year. In January it was producing cold-damaged blooms until the 2 night freeze. Then the whole large bush turned black and died. I had been told that it might come back, and I waited and cut back almost to the ground when I started seeing green leaves. After 4 months of waiting and only having 2 branches out of 14 with a few green leaves, I removed the bush. My lovely red hibiscus was a double hibiscus with ruffled petals but it also produced some single hibiscus blooms.
Good bye my dear friend.
I thought of buying a rhododendron but after visits to Home Depot and Lowe’s I gave up the idea. I couldn’t find one. I bought another red hibiscus with double blooms. It’s small but I’m hoping in the next few years it grows tall and healthy.
My beautiful frangipani (plumeria) was also killed by the frost. I have 2 plants from cuttings that are alive but it will be several years before I have blooms. Makes me sad. No one sells plumeria around here. You really have to get cuttings from others. After seeing my friend Jenna’s gardenias in bloom, I replaced the frangipani with a gardenia bush. According to experts, if protected during cold snaps for the first few years, mature gardenias can survive an occasional frost. I know Jenna’s did. (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.)
The gardenia in the pot had a lovely white bloom. Ah, the fragrance! It has several buds on it and I have my fingers crossed. I’m really hoping it grows well this summer and is covered with blooms next spring.
In the back yard, my large pink hibiscus lost more than half of the plant to frost. It has one small branch making a little new bush and just recently had a flower.
My peach hibiscus lost half of the plant from the frost and is now a small green bush and has made several flowers in the last month.
I’ve bought ground cover plants and will be working on the walkway in the front yard in June. I’ll have more photos as work progresses. Thanks for visiting!
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