Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A Plumaria Success
Late last summer our neighbor left to try assisted living in Wichita. Mrs. C has lived across the street for a quarter of a century and at first it was not like she had left since she traveled all the time anyway. But sadly, the events of aging unfolded quickly for her. She called one day in October and asked me if I wanted the plumaria on her patio as it would die in winter. I went over and there sat a monstrous tree like plant. I had no room for this but toted it to my friend's beauty shop where it would spend the winter in a small waiting room. Everyone coming in wanted to know what this strange looking thing was.
I brought it home in spring and the spring took a chill again. Remember it was a long and frosty winter, and I figured this was the end of the plumaria for sure. But once the early hot and humid heat hit, the plumaria took on new life. Leaf buds appeared and unfolded daily. Then the beautiful lemony flowers came out. It is a most interesting plant for sure.