Wednesday 18th October 2017

Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

I declare that I love frangipanis ….on the tree.

They are delightful, smell sweetly and look a treat.

Then they fall…their fabulousness decays…and they become rubbish and need to be swept away before someone slips and falls. Life with frangipanis!

We used to live in a hotter area of Sydney around 45 minutes drive from the coast. We did end up buying and nurturing a frangipani back in 2011 when I renewed my love for them. It remained small but it did produce the lovely flowers. Not many but enough.

In my family’s house on the coast, Dad ended up with several frangipanis which ‘took off’ and were from cuttings from an old friend’s tree in Wollongong. So, it appears, in the right setting and climate they thrive!

We moved to this house on the NSW Central Coast late 2015. It has a HUGE old frangipani tree in the back garden. I am not sure, but it could be two trees in one. What I do know is that we had to cut in back a bit to enjoy what plants were hidden underneath! We took some of those cuttings and they’re in pots and in other garden spots now.

This summer I have notice more frangipanis that are different to ours around this local area.

I went for a walk for the purposes of this post to photograph them. The colour and size differences were interesting.

What was the same, however, was the mess they leave when they fall.

Frangipanis! Beauties which give and give while they’re on the trees.

They give me the reason to exercise when it’s time to sweep them up after they’ve fallen.

What’s your view about frangipanis?

Do you have them where you live?

Have you ever grown one?

Denyse.

 

I hope my photography friends enjoy these: Link ups are here:

Trish, Sue, Steph and Jen.

On the weekend I link up with Sammie and friends for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here.

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Comments

  1. I am so with you on the frangipani love / hate, Denyse.

    I love looking out at our tree in bloom each morning but dread the at least twice weekly raking up of withered flowers during spring and summer.

    Oh well, can’t have one without the other.

    SSG xxx

  2. Exactly. It is a feast for the viewer and the scent is heady too. Then, sadly, off they come and drop like…frangipanis!

  3. I’ve never grown them, but I really love frangipanis. I’m with you, they give me a good reason to exercise too, I love finding fallen frangipanis on my walk or run. They always make me smile!

    • They are surprisingly easy to grow from a cutting. We have even put a cutting in a pot with success. I like that you get to seem them out and about! I’d be stopping to take pics for sure.

  4. These are gorgeous.
    I never could keep them alive.

    • I know what you mean. The one in Western Sydney was in a place where it survived but I can see it’s not always the best in the hot/heat. They are more coastal lovers methinks!

  5. I’m with you on the tree and not on the ground, but that’s true for most flowers too.

    • Yes! This lot don’t stay for long…and even after sweeping up one day, they’re back! Mind you the whole tree loses everything over Winter and then slowly slowly, back it came in Spring with the first blooms not being until well into Summer. It’s been interesting noticing it.

  6. These are beautiful! I don’t think we have them in the US… though I could be wrong. I have a black thumb so I don’t keep plants. lol

    • Ha! I think they maybe in more coastal or tropical parts of the US. They certainly are in the State of Hawaii as they make many of their leis using frangipanis!