From last June
Here are two seedlings. I put the first to sprout into a pot.
The empty cell is where the seedling below grew.
This year's seedling is in the rear.
Up front is a seedling from last year that
I dug this spring when it first sprouted and
brought inside in hopes of earlier bloom.
This is a seedling from two years back that
I dug when frost killed the top last fall.
It spent the winter with a bit of foliage at the bottom. As the days lengthened in late winter the seeming dead top began to put on growth. On the coldest nights, a lamp with a small bulb beside it kept the worst chill from it, as the greenhouse is not heated above survival for the hardiest.
The Caesalpinias outside have all begun to put on growth. When our cool nights warm to more tropical temps, these in the greenhouse will go outside. They are spectacular when planted with Tecoma stans (Esperanza).
Pride of Barbados from last June
Eventually I want a tropical hedge of Pride of Barbados and Tecoma stans.
It will need the help of some evergreen shrubs like Loropetalum and variegated Euonymous to carry the winter, backed against a field to the north and bare fruit trees.
Did I mention that these shrubs attract butterflies and hummingbirds?