Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Unidentified November Bloomer
My neighbor's shrub
My neighbor has several very large shrubs like the one above with oodles of white blooms dangling from every branch. Last autumn she dug up a small seedling to give me which I planted right away in the midst of the palmettos and kind of behind an oak tree when you are looking straight on the entire planting. I tend to place some of the plants she gives me in out of the way places since I am never sure how well they will do in my garden. Sometimes I regret that choice and end up moving them to more prominent positions.
Not only do I not know how well any particular one will do but, as is the case with so many tropical type plants that only bloom once a year, when they aren't blooming they are just large and green. I don't mind large and green but really this one is rather insignificant in appearance don't you think?
My shrub (or at least the beginnings of a shrub)
Honestly, I didn't keep that small seedling watered properly when I first planted it (the problem with placing in out of the way places) and I truly thought all was lost. In the spring and summer, to my surprise, it began shooting upward and sprouting leaves.
Now mine is blooming. One bloom. But it's a significant bloom. I especially like the way the many buds burst out with so many individual star-shaped flowers. It's even pretty before it blooms --and the way it drapes downward like a viney sort of thing.
As is usually the case, my neighbor has no idea what the name of the plant is. She has lots of plants she brought here with her from south Florida where she lived 20 years ago. Fortunately for me she has shared many of them with me. And in the end it doesn't matter what the name is if we can figure out how to grow it. But it's always nice to know.
Does anyone happen to know the name of this one? I'm looking at you, Green Jeans. :-)