Unlike the gardeners north of me, I don't plant any bulbs in the Fall for Spring blossoms. I'm not that familiar with any that would actually bloom this far South. I've read about a few but they are always a risk. It just gets too hot too fast for the likes of tender tulips and such. My Amaryllis bulbs stay in the ground all year with their greenery making for a nice bedding plant. They should be showing some signs of life by next month. That is if the grasshoppers don't find them first like last year.
As far as annuals go, I don't even bother with pansies and snap dragons and the like since they don't last very long here. What most folks north of here are planting now (like petunias) I planted back in November in order to have any length of bloom at all. It won't be long and they will soon bow their little heads from exhaustion due to the heat.
Needless to say, I am really enjoying perusing all the northern GBBD with their lively blooming bulbs starting to burst forth. If you'd like to see more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, click over to May Dreams Gardens where Carol, who is the creator of this great idea, shows us her giggling crocus popping out of seemingly nowhere. Imagine what tenacity those strong flowers have surviving through weeks and weeks of snow and freezing temps. Aren't bulbs wonderful? A true miracle of the garden.
Well, enough chatter ... on to my post for GBBD March where I can chatter some more. One of the truly wonderful things about Florida is the fact that many annuals act like perennials. Even though they can go through a scraggly, leggy period because they don't die back in the winter, give them a little trim and they come back blooming over and over again. Such is the case with these Angel Wing Begonias. I have multiplied them with cuttings and have them in pots and also growing right in the ground under the oak trees. The prolific blooms they disply this time of year will continue right through the summer and fall.They are a must-have in a shady tropical garden.
All the pink varieties of azaleas are starting to drop off and just as they do the white azaleas , Mrs. G.G. Gerbing variety, are taking center stage. It helps that we don't lose all the azaleas all at once. Their bloom time is relatively short -- approximately 4-6 weeks -- no matter the variety.
This Diplademia (or Mandevilla) loves the sunshine. This one creeps up one side of an arbor (or arch) over a pathway dividing two beds. There is another one adjacent to it vining up a trellis in the same bed. They make a good pair as their bright pink blooms add a dose of cheer to any viewer.
Here I have Red Geraniums in the middle of a bed surrounded by white impatiens and white petunias. They prefer mostly sun but don't like to be rained on which is just what they've been pelted with for the last couple of days. I'm happy for the rain and their feet are happy but their heads don't like it much. They'll recover quickly fortunately.
What I love about New Guinea Impatiens is the deep rich tones of the foliage. In Florida it is vital to plant foliage offering varieties of color and texture that will afford any well planned area bursts of vibrance even when nothing is in bloom...which can also happen in Florida when the heat is at its best - or worst- depending on your view LOL.
I have three Jatropha trees in my yard. They can be grown as shrubs which is how mine began their journey at Hoe and Shovel. I separated and transplanted them when they started getting too big for the bed they were in originally. They've done well under the canopy of the oaks and camphor trees. Their perky red blooms have started popping out to add to the spring fun around here.
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