End Of A Season

The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas. (Plumeria plants (Plumeria sp), which are also known as Lei flowers and Frangipani, are actually small trees that are native to tropical regions (zone 10 and 11) . It is one of the plants used for leis in Hawaii.

Nature has a clock that doesn’t always correspond to the calendar. When it comes to tropical plant plumeria, also called frangipani, they are deciduous and bloom from spring to fall. That usually means all the leaves and flowers end, and you’re left with just the stick-like tree. Here in central Florida my plant usually starts to bloom by early April. The leaves start to drop in September and the plant goes dormant by the end of October. It is November 8th and I have 2 flowers and one bud left to open on the leafless stick tree.

Above you will notice a curved dark growth beneath the flower. That is a seed pod. When the seeds are ready, the seed pod will crack open. The seeds will be blown in the wind to disperse. I’m hoping to save a few seeds to plant. Below on a twig on the right is my last bud. November is really late to be making flowers.

Today when I came outside the ground was wet. We had rain last night. We went into the dry season after Hurricane Ian passed and have had little rain. The forecast is rain tomorrow and possible the next day. I’m happy for rain as my grass is almost dead. Our skies are usually blue and sunny. Today is very cloudy and a little gray. I still see blue under the clouds and it could clear later.

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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.

28 thoughts to “End Of A Season”

  1. Frangipani blooms are so beautiful! I’m glad that hurricane Nicole reduced to a tropical storm when it moved in-land and will bring your the rain you need.

  2. We don’t have frangipani flowers here except in greenhouses so I’m finding all the details fascinating. Nature is just wonderful is what I think.

  3. What an interesting plant, it really is pretty. I’ve just had a look on Google and it’s not an outdoor plant here as it’s too cold. I noticed the other days some new flowers in my garden which have bloomed and thought it was so late in the year but it has been warmer here recently compared to other years. x

  4. A beautiful flower, and it would be one I’d miss if I was still living in Florida. We are getting the remnants of Nicole right now in New York State, and through early tomorrow. Once it clears it may get cold enough to get snow flurries. Funny how winter means different things in different places. Alana ramblinwitham

  5. Frangipani is showing humans that it can and will adjust to climate changes but for how long? It does look like flowers growing in Hawaiian Islands. Thank you for including information about this flower and how you are going to keep some seeds to regrow more in the future.

  6. Frangipani are profusely grown as they well adapt to our climate , I have never grown them through seeds as they grow easily with stem cuttings. Thanks for sharing information about seeds formation on plants. Stunning shots ! Thanks for sharing with Garden affair.

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