So when the weather warms up, I spend my time creating a similar happy place in my own garden. Around our pool, I plant things that are lush -- some tropical, some native. The tropicals typically live in very large ceramic pots that overwinter in the greenhouse.
For many years, I've been growing plumeria, or frangipani. I've been given some by my parents, who brought them back from Hawaii, and from friends who have passed along pieces of theirs.
Mine are all still in the greenhouse, thanks to our late cold spells. While I was watering in there this afternoon, I discovered two giant seed pods. I haven't seen them forming because this pot is in the very back corner of the greenhouse and I have to step up on some step stones to even see it. They are the two elongated brownish pods going to the left and up of the main green stalk and then down to the right, cutting the photo diagonally. Cool, huh?
You can propagate a new plumeria tree from seeds stored in the ripened fruit. It takes 9 to 10 months for the seedpods to fully ripen. Then you can pull them from the tree and harvest the seeds.
So, if you think you're in the market for some plumeria seeds in about 7 - 8 months, leave me a comment here!