P90330KKThis is why one should not ask someone else who is very vain to take a picture of something important. The vain only take good selfies. Others subjects are too unimportant to them to bother getting a good picture of.

Fortunately, I did not ask for this picture. Brent, my colleague in Southern California, sent it to me with all those other pictures that I shared this morning, and the rest of the pictures that I intend to share next Saturday. I think he wanted to show off his magnolia. I do not remember what cultivar it is, or even what species. I though there was a Magnolia soulangeana in this spot, but these flowers do not look right for that.

I think this picture shows off the plumerias better. Brent probably did not think of that because he does not understand how impressive these specimens are to those of who can not grow them, even while these specimens are bare. I would like to grow some here, but it gets a bit too cool for them in winter. They are very sensitive to even mild frost.

Some of us know plumeria as frangipani. There are quite a few different cultivars that are indistinguishable while bare in this picture. Some stay quite small. My favorite white flowered cultivar is very tall but lanky, with only a few branches. The biggest specimen is the most common, with large trusses of small but very fragrant white flowers with yellow centers. Most bloom with a few colors swirled together. A few are more uniform hues of light pink, bright pink, red, pastel orange and buttery yellow.

I have pruned these specimens a few times. The pruning debris gets plugged as cuttings of various sizes. They grow into copies of the originals that get used in landscapes that Brent designs.

Brent’s other pictures, as well as a brief explanation of the severity of his extreme vanity, can be found at: https://tonytomeo.com/2019/03/30/six-on-saturday-vanity/ and https://tonytomeo.com/2019/03/30/six-on-saturday-vanity-ii/ .

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2 thoughts on “Another Bad Picture

  1. I can’t remember if I told you the story of my first plumeria, so here goes. Forgive me if it’s a duplication.

    A friend in Rockport, Texas, gave me three cuttings when she pruned. Each was about 2′-3′ long. When I asked her what to do with them (since winter was coming) she said, “Put them under your bed. You’ll know when to plant them.” Sure enough, about the end of February or beginning of March I looked at them again, and they were putting out baby leaves — right under the bed. I stuck them in pots, and that was the beginning of my collection. I loved those things, but finally gave them all away to people who could put them in the ground. I didn’t have enough sunlight for them to bloom well.

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    1. I have not heard this before, but it sounds typical. Those who grow them in climates that are too cold for them seem to be surprises by how easy they are to grow, especially after bringing seemingly dead leafless stems back in their luggage from distant mild climates. I wanted a copy of each of Brent’s plumerias, but came to the realization that there are too many other plants that I could grow here that would actually be happy in the local climate. Eventually, I intend to grow a single copy of the plain white plumeria, but that will likely be my limit. It is more tropical than the big one with smaller flowers, so will stay a houseplant.

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