All mothers at our Church got a Periwinkle plant in a tiny pot. I put mine in the ground and it is blooming well. Wish I had more of this white with a fuchsia eye.
There are tiny plants reseeding from where they dropped seed last year. None are blooming size yet. Where I wanted Periwinkles and none came up, I pulled back the mulch and gently stirred the soil. New seedlings are everywhere.
Finally a bloom on Caesalpinia. There are second year Pride of Barbados plants in several spots that I hope will bloom this year. Only one failed to return from the root.
Tecoma stans is blooming Esperanza's yellow bells in several places.
Kniphofia plants above are of the same cultivar, one growing in shade and the one on the right in full sun.
Red Pentas are starting to bloom, all back from roots. I usually take cuttings. Prior to a really harsh winter, I got the notion to just see what came back. It was a mistake re pink colors, but now I know which are the hardiest. The red are the Pentas I've grown the longest, from a single plant of Ruby Red years ago.
I am still waiting for Porterweed Blooms. Only half my Porterweeds returned from roots. I have 3 that wintered in the greenhouse. One of them was blooming when I set them out. That stalk bloomed to the top and now we wait for more.
Duranta has not bloomed yet either, another tropical plant that dies back to roots here. The shrubs look great, just not ready to bloom.
Tithonia was slow to reseed, too. I was slow to plant Zinnia and Marigold seeds, so no bloom there either.
We anticipate new broods of butterflies any time now. Susie, who works maintains a Butterfly Garden on a plantation north of here, says they're scarce again there, too. We're ready.