Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
It's a magnificent name to appoint to a plant. One that surely requires characteristics to match it.
When the first streaks of dawn's brightness beam through the oak tree branches towering over her she appears to be on a stage all her own. Her pale pink flowers illuminated in full glory and calling for the center of attention.
Evening sunshine results in her blending with the companions she resides next to in the back garden and reminds her she is but a humble tree of small size.
Not yet so majestic as her name implies.
On the sunny side of the front lawn renovation her twin stands tall and works hard to live up to the name 'majestic'. We have faith in her. She will eventually earn her name as she matures.
Rhaphiolepsis indica Indian Hawthorn 'Majestic Beauty' ~~ both trees were purchased and planted a year ago when in full bloom. These two trained as standards but it is worth noting thier counterparts make great shrubs for any Florida garden and require little maintenance.
It's one thing to purchase a specimen (of any kind) and plant it from the garden center while it's displaying all the goods that drew me to it in the first place.
In my book it's quite another thing for that specimen to flourish and come full cycle in its new home to bloom again. They first started putting on their spring blooms in mid-winter. Now as spring arrives flowers are bursting out with abandon on both trees at the same time.
Intended as filler in the middle story she is fitting in perfectly there. Losing our ginormous and far reaching limbs of the drake elm last year left a noticeable gap in the back garden.
Now that the oak tree canopy is quite high in both the front and the back there is room between the shrub-filled underplantings and the limbs above for middle story plants to catch the eye's attention.
Majestic Beauty's other characteristics include being cold hardy in winter and drought tolerant in summer. Once established she asks very little of the gardener while clusters of pink blooms draw the pollinators to her. She is full of promise even at her small size.
A couple of other beauties that caught my eye on this lovely morning are the nun's orchids flowering in the tropical garden.
They are complementing spathiphyllum blooms and Giant apostle's iris 'Regina' in bloom next to them.
Ah, there's the apostle's iris. What stunning markings this hardy little 'Regina' sports. I'll forever be intrigued by her glorious detail.
Just amazing. I could study her for hours... and that's about all she gives us.
Each opening of each flower only lasts a day. Thankfully there are many buds opening in succession.
The native Sisyrinchium augustifolia blue-eyed grass calls for my attention daily in springtime. What a sweet flower. This tiny bloom ... part of the iris family also only last a day.
Opening in the morning and closing back up at sunset. Don't they exude happiness dotting the ground in delicate tufts of blue. So cheery. So spring!
Happy gardening and happy spring,