The month of May is coming in like a lion here. Stormy weather and cool temperatures are across the US. In Florida, it is a refreshing 70 degrees but the wind kicks up and it a bit too windy to sit outside. Some of the warm season shrubs are starting to flower.
Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) can flower anytime, but is more prolific in the summer.
Firebush (Hamelia patens) and one of my favorites flower more during the warmer months.
The Dwarf Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebellini) is flowering. I don’t get any dates, though these will bear fruit if you have a male and female palm.
The Papaya has produced its second crop this year. This one fell off the tree – there is a moth that lays eggs in the fruit and causes it to drop off. You can tell by the sap oozing out that the moth has been there. If I had cut the fruit open it would be full of worms eating the flesh of the Papaya (I didn’t). The fruit that falls has to be picked up quickly to halt another generation of moths.
The Thai Dessert Mango is tantalizing me. This is a Nam Doc Mai.
The Nam Doc Mai is also flowering again, so I should get a few more Mangoes this summer. These can flower year round, though mine usually don’t.
There, six things happening in my garden in May. For other Six on Saturday posts, go to http://www.thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.