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.

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Gardenia Flower

Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather. Most gardenias are hardy in zones 8-11, though a few varieties hardy to zone 7 have been developed and a few are only hardy in zones 10 and 11.  Gardenias can be grown in pots and brought inside in cold climates. See How To Care For Gardenias  for more information.


I planted a small gardenia bush 3 years ago. Last year I had a few blooms in the spring.  Later I moved my little bush to a more appropriate location in the yard with partial shade.  It has done well since the move but hasn’t grown much as it adjusts.  This spring I have found several little flowers.  I cut the first flower, brought it inside, placed it in a little glass of water,  and took photos from all angles.


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