End Of A Season Is Coming Early

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 September 5th and I only have a few flowers. I noticed in August that I had fewer flowers and several leaves dried up and fell. It seems fall started early for my frangipani.

It doesn’t make me happy to lose my flowers even though I’m looking forward to cooler weather. I love to walk outside and take a deep breath with their fragrance.

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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.

16 thoughts to “End Of A Season Is Coming Early”

  1. Hello dear Carol,
    I’m afraid that climate change is being felt this year particularly strong all over the world. This also affects plants that bloom earlier – but also extreme heat waves, floods (and my brother is currently experiencing heavy storms and rain in the otherwise beautiful, warm Greece…)
    I can imagine that you are feeling sorry about your beautiful frangipanis. The flowers are simply wonderful.
    All the best, Traude

  2. Frangipani – so gorgeous. I had them as small arrangements at my wedding many many moons ago. Love them dearly and still remember the HUGE tree in my parents garden in SA.
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  3. It is such a beautiful plant! We are seeing some pretty early signs of fall up here in New England as well.

  4. I love frangipanis, they smell so lovely. The last two weeks of August were unusually warm over here. It felt as if spring had arrived early but this weekend we are back to winter temps. Luckily I haven’t put away any of my winter things yet!

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