I live in central Florida which has a semi-tropical climate. Over last weekend a cold front came down to Florida, and we had over a day of gray skies and rain. The lows dropped to 50 degrees F for the first time since last winter. Our highs have been about 62 degrees F for a few days. As usual the gray skies blew away and we have beautiful blue skies again. (By Wednesday the high was 77 degrees F.) These photos were all taken Monday morning around 10:30 AM. The air is cool and the sky is blue.
You see my little crepe myrtle to the left in the photo above has practically no leaves and has lots of seed pods. Crepe mytle and frangipani are both decidous trees and no longer have leaves.
Otherwise, most of my plants still have leaves and a few flowers. The periwinkle or vinca ground cover are blooming in the small flower bed by the sidewalk.
Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is an excellent evergreen groundcover with dark green foliage. Oblong to ovate leaves are opposite, simple, ½ to 2 inches long, glossy, with a short petiole. They exude a milky juice when broken. Flowers are purple, blue or white depending on the cultivar. Plants bloom in March or April and sometimes again in the fall. Vinca minor grows about 6 inches tall, spreading in all directions by sending out long trailing and rooting shoots, which make new plants.
Experts write that it only blooms in spring or fall. That is not true in Florida. They re-seed and the small plants start to bloom almost immediately if they get rain. They grow big and I remove them. Soon little seedlings pop up and I thin those so it doesn’t take over my yard. Native to Asia and Europe, periwinkle is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9.
Wishing you sunny days.
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