4 July 2014 Idea of the Day “97% of people who quit chasing their dreams are hired by the 3% that didn’t.” Unknown
I love Florida trees that have showy summer flowers so much I thought I’d show eleven here and let you see how many you can get right. Answers next week. I’ll name a winner if I get several players. (Nobody has yet correctly identified the tree leaves I left about ten days ago! Any takers?)
#1 Let’s start with an easy one! If you know the cultivar variety, it’s a bonus point. It blooms from May through October, probably
the longest lasting Florida tree flower.
#3 This is an attractive small tree that blooms in July and August. Sometimes it can be all golden flowers, sometimes a mix of red orange and golden, as shown here.
#4 This one has its entire canopy ablaze in all lavender color without many leaves in April and May, but here is an amazing one in mid-August still blooming, more than any other I’ve ever seen this late.
#5 This one starts blooming in June and goes well into August. Some call it the most beautiful tree in the world! Notice one of the five petals isn’t just red, it’s a paisley print! And its seed pods are about a foot long and very exotic looking.
#7 This is a real eye-catcher from about early mid-July through September, long red flower stalks.
#8 This one is more common in South Florida, but shows up here in Central Florida as long as it didn’t freeze too long last winter. And its flowers are gorgeous. I don’t know about global warming, but Florida is definitely warming. Ten years ago winters were too cold in the Clearwater area for this one to show up. Now it’s popping up as the last five winters along the coast haven’t gotten below 34 degrees!