Some of you know I’ve been coaxing a frangipani to bloom and having some success thanks to the miraculous weather. However, to my great surprise when I looked around my yard a couple of days ago I discovered a huge sunflower that I had completely overlooked. How,can you miss a thing like this? My theory is ….”low expectations”. I never liked sunflowers much and this is the first year I have ever grown them. After a spring clean up, I noticed a few cinder blocks in a neglected corner of the yard. They were too heavy for me to carry off so I filled them with earth and popped in a couple of sunflower seeds. Even these were bargain basement seeds I had picked up in a junk shop. I didn’t expect them to grow, I didn’t particularly want them to grow. They were in a shady corner of the yard. I concentrated on other things. However, one seed decided to surprise me, to survive, to excel. While I was fretting over my Hawaiian beauty, this gangly thing shone…and shines in my garden. Draw the lesson….i won’t bore you….
Yey, I guessed right: frangipani!! So beautiful- both, the frangipani AND sunflower!
So lucky, we have had wonderful warm weather and sun. Better than the high summer temps. In fact. Quite a feat to make the frangipani bloom. It is about 12 yrs old and has only bloomed 3 times.