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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