Last Day of April in The Garden

Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The tropical species are indigenous to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and as far south as Brazil, but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. Common names for plants in the genus vary widely but Frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common.

Yesterday I went into the front yard checking my plants around 10 AM. The sky was blue with white clouds and the temperature was about 81 degrees F.

I still only have 1 of the 2 frangipani trees blooming. May be this next week the second and smaller one will bloom too.

Right beside the blooming frangipani is my tropical red double hibiscus. Single hibiscus has 5 petals bending away from the center of the flower. Double hibiscus has layers of petals with a frilly look.

In the flower bed by the porch red buds have appeared on one of my red amaryllis. I should be sharing photos by the end of the week.

My miniature Mexican petunia is in bloom and new leaves have appeared on one of my amaryllis. I hope to have flowers on it in the next week or two.

The next flower bed has my rosemary bush and the white amaryllis. This is the first year my small rosemary bush has a few blossoms. I have been getting one or two small flowers at the front for a few months. I have my fingers crossed that next year it will have lots more.

Last Sunday I shared my white spring crown of amaryllis in this bed. They have died but one last stalk has 4 flowers blooming. These will be my last white amaryllis this season. I’ve enjoyed them for over 3 weeks this year.

Just to the right of the amaryllis is a small gardenia bush. For me gardenias are one of the most beloved tropical plants. They are abundant in South Florida, but not here in central Florida. Gardenias have a heavenly smell and bloom profusely in the spring. Planting them is tricky as they like an acidic soil and require tropical or semi-tropical environment. I first planted my gardenia in a spot with too much direct sun. Even though they don’t transplant well, I moved it to part sun spot by the house. That isn’t the best location either as the concrete from the house can leach alkaline. It is happier here where it gets afternoon shade. I found a large white bud on my little bush. Soon I’ll have a beautiful flower.

Now to finish my morning garden tour is my huge trumpet honeysuckle on my arbor at the side of the house. Birds love it and every February and March there is a nest with babies in the midst of the growth.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

24 thoughts to “Last Day of April in The Garden”

  1. Beautiful garden! I love the colours. Your honeysuckle looks fantastic. I planted some in my garden last year, it smells so lovely in the summer.
    Enjoy the rest of your day. x

  2. That frangipani is so pretty! And the plumeria is wonderful. Odd — I always go for the colorful blooms and yet these just take my breath away!

    1. I love colorful flowers too but white flowers are beautiful in their own way. I love the white amaryllis, frangipani, and gardenias.

  3. Your yard is wonderful Carol — I would love to have a frangipani — they scent is heavenly. All the flowers are beautiful and it is really lovely to have that flowering tree that hosts a bird nest every year!

    1. Trumpet honeysuckle is a vine that is growing on the top of my arbor. Yes birds do like it as it flowers most of the year.

  4. Carol – what a glorious tour of your garden. So many spectacular blooms, and I am positive the frangipani has a fragrant aroma! We will go to Grand Cayman soon, and I am looking forward to seeing tropical plants in person. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  5. I still marvel at all the flowers we have here in Florida! We have Mexican Petunias in our courtyard…the miniature plants. They are so easy to grow! Enjoy your week!

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