April Garden Flowers

(Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida.)

The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas. 

 

 

Today I’m sharing a few photos taken during the month of April in my central Florida tropical garden. Let’s start with my amaryllis.

 

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Neighbor’s Garden

A close neighbor allowed me to take photos in their garden. It’s been hot here in central Florida for the last few weeks with a temperature 12 to 15 degrees F hotter than normal for March. Our high temperatures have been in the 80’s nearly the whole month.  The golden rain tree in the front yard blooms in October, drops hundreds of seed pods, and then loses its leaves. The leaves started to grow a couple of weeks ago and the tree is still holding onto some seed pods.

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Zinnias in the Garden

Zinnias are fast-growing plants and will bloom six to eight weeks after they are seeded. You can plant them all the way through July for blooms until frost. Plant seeds a few inches apart in rows or clumps in full sun. For more information, see How to Grow Zinnias, The Butterfly Magnets

 

 

Today let’s visit my friend’s garden with all her bright and cheerful zinnias. Read More

End of Amaryllis Season

(Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida.)

It seemed to me that the amaryllis this year were even more beautiful than usual if that’s possible.  Here are a few photos as a look back at the season.  My friend’s pink and whites bloomed early in March. She has a flower bed full of them which are gorgeous for 2 to 3 weeks a year. Then you have wilted leaves on the ground the rest of the year. As with most bulb plants, you need to leave the leaves for blooms next year.  Another friend had pinks blooming in pots. They’re so pretty!

 

 

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