I was visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates a few months ago and saw the most incredible sight - nicknamed the tropical hydrangea, Dombeya wallichii is a stunning shrub/tree that smells like cupcakes. Now that I have my own garden and no crazies in it, I decided to see if I could track it down. Real hydrangeas are not happy in South Florida, and this is a wonderful alternative. I did locate it close by in St. Pete and am having it shipped.
As you might have surmised by my post on Saturday on Duranta, I tend to be a bit of a plant collector and love tracking down the exotic as well as heirloom plants.
|A close up of "Tropical Hydrangea"|
For any of you gardener friends, I now have the perfect location to start growing Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet), something I have wanted to do for ages. I would love a white, a pink, and an apricot/peach. Any cultivar suggestions?
For those of you who do not know this plant, here are a few pics.
I am aware of the genus' toxicity, these will be in the side yard away from the puppies.
I am enjoying gardening here beyond words. I love learning new things, and gardening here is like I moved to Mars. Or perhaps Venus since men are from Mars and women are from Venus. LOL
Most of the plants I knew and loved in NOVA do not grow here since the zones are very different. I knew little of tropicals and that's what loves it down here.
And the Master Gardener program which is connected with the University of Florida seems really first rate. It is on hiatus now with the pandemic, but I hope to get involved down the road. Interesting story - a supervisor from my lawn and shrub care was out this past week and "alerted" me to a "very serious" issue in the garden. I was polite but didn't believe a word. I called Extension and a lovely MG called me back and we had a delightful conversation and she agreed with my analysis. I sent photos and a second MG reviewed them and agreed the guy was completely wrong. Once again, Girl Power!!!!
More work planned in the garden this morning - I am getting it ready for an exciting transformation starting this week that I will share.
On another gardening topic, I mentioned my love of topiary - I came across this and think a succulent alligator would be a hoot. You are not going to believe this, but you can glue gun succulents to the moss and it does not hurt the succulent and they take root and grow. Wild! I think a large one in the garden would be fun. I have tracked down frames already.
I think this sounds fun. Anybody want to come over and glue gun succulents? (I am sure if I do this project I will use the tried and true method of making a hole in the moss and securing the plant and soil especially to get them to survive and spread long term).