Corrine lives in the Seaford area (where I proudly live) of York County. She, like many of you, regularly e-mails me with photos and information about plants in her yard and home. I like input from you because I can share it with other gardeners and encourage new green thumbs to try something besides petunias and pansies.
Lately, Corrine is into exotics like plumerias and bleeding hearts, or glory bower as some call the latter one.
Plumerias, nicknamed frangipani, belong to the same family as oleander. Both are poisonous, so keep them away from nibbling pets and curious children.
"My Hawiian plumeria plant finally bloomed for me this year," says Corrine. "I received this stalk last year and it had only put out leaves that dropped off when I over wintered it in my garage.
"In mid-April, I placed it outside to get full morning to early afternoon sun and it suprised me this year with a nice flower stalk. The fragrance reminds me of home (Hawaii)."
Corrine says the plumeria was agriculturally inspected and approved for sale and transport out of Hawaii. That's important to know because some states such as Florida prohibit transporting certain plants in and out of the state because of potential plant diseases and pests that can cause problems for crops.
PLUMERIA POTTING TIPS
Use two parts potting soil and one part clean sand (contractor's coarse sand, not play sand). Let the soil completely dry out before watering the plant. Keep it in full sun.
"Since I brought more plants of different colors, I hope, back from Hawaii this past May, I think I will try to bring a couple into my sunroom over the colder winter months to see if there's any difference from over wintering in the garage," she says.
MEET CLERODENDRUM THOMSONIAE
Corrine has had her Clerodendrum thomsoniae for several years. Some know the plant as bleeding heart, others call it glory bower.
"I originally kept it inside as a houseplant and it only grew large, beautiful leaves, but no blooms," she says. "Last winter, I decided to over winter it in my garage during which time all the leaves fell off. I thought I had killed it.
"In spring, I cut off a lot of dead wood and wrapped the remaining green branches around the trellis. In mid-April, I placed it in a very shady spot behind some big bushes. I also placed it close to my crawl space vents so it actually gets some cool air during the heat of the day.
"My only complaint is that I can't display it for others to see as I think it has gotten very accustomed to where it is 'hiding.' "
It may be hiding but Corrine found this way to share it with all of you.
Check your favorite garden center for plumeria and glory bower plants.
Visit Logee's for these and other tropicals. Visit Stokes Tropicals for even more.