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Florida has flowering trees, bushes and plants.
These are the kinds of flowering trees we have in our yard now. The first is a dogwood tree. The second photo is
just three of many crape myrtles we have around the yard. We have colors that go from hot pink to dark pink,
white and lavendar. They are a very hardy plant and seem to live through just about every kind of temperature
range. The small bush in the foreground of that photo is a shoot off the stump of a large crape myrtle tree that
got diseased and died. We cut it down, but then found later in the season that the old stump was growing and
actually flowered that same year. The bottom two pictures are a Japanese magnolia tree. It usually flowers
before the leaves appear in the early spring.
This is a dwarf hibiscus. This variety stays small
enough to keep in a small pot.
Poinsettias grow to be quite tall and bloom for
several months in the winter.
This bush is called Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The
first day the blossom is deep purple, the second day it
turns to light purple and the third day it turns white.
Roses grow well here. The orange rose
blooms pink on the inside and orange on
the edges. The two-tone pink rose is called
a knock-out rose and endures the harsh
climate here a little better than some of
We inherited several rose bushes when we
first moved into this house. The bright red
rose at the left is a climbing rose. The
pink one is very tall and has really big
fragrant blossoms year after year. The red
and white one was a climbing rose, but we
lost it a few years after we moved in. The
orange rose was under a bunch of bushes,
so we transplanted it into the sunshine. I
guess it was the wrong thing to do because
it didn’t last long after that.
This is our beautiful camelia bush. Its
leaves are dark green and waxy all
year round, and it blooms large pink
flowers in December and January.
A neighbor down the street from us grows a lot of exotic looking plants. He gave us cuttings for each of these.
The one on the left is called an angel’s trumpet, and the purple one on the right has a double bloom and is
called a devil’s trumpet. The pink flower grows on a bush that grows to about 7 feet tall. The purple one only
grows to about 4 feet tall. They die down in the winter and then grow new stems in the spring and summer.
They bloom a few months in the summer and most of the fall and actually, we have had a warm winter, so the
angel’s trumpet is blooming again this December.
Hibiscus bloom most of the year here. Our
bushes are about 6 to 8 feet tall. We trim
them down a couple times each year to
keep them away from the eaves on the
house. They are susceptible to freezing,
so if we don’t cover them when there is a
frost, they freeze all the leaves off. But
within a couple weeks, the stems are
growing new leaves.
Hydrangeas bloom well here,
too. They die back in the winter,
but come back strong every year.
Some crape myrtles stay small and the size of a bush.
This is called a croton. It has small white flowers when
it blooms, but mainly it just has pretty leaves.
Don’t you just love flowers? Something about them makes you smile and changes your whole outlook
on life. All the pretty colors just add a refreshing breath to life.
This jasmine is technically a blooming vine, but it is still
so pretty when it blooms. And the fragrance is just