Today I took my husband over to The Exotic Plumeria, a plumeria nursery in Seffner, Florida - just east of Tampa, and about a 40 minute drive from St Petersburg.
Some of the plumeria in my yard came from this nursery, but I'd never been over to see it.
Yes, here in Florida, they grow over 200 varieties of plumeria! They even ship to Hawaii, believe it or not.
They sell wholesale and retail, from cutting to trees twice as tall as I am.
Alan Bunch, whose interest turned to a hobby to a business to a passion, was there and he as well as all the employees were helpful and knowledgeable.
The plumeria, also called the Frangipani in the Caribbean, grows well here in the Tampa Bay area.
Talk about stress relief - at the end of the day, before dark, I enjoy walking around our small yard with George (my husband) and seeing new blossoms, and watching the head of a pin become a beautiful flower.
No, sadly, it's not like Hawaii. The fragrance doesn't envelop you throughout the garden, and you don't have extensive groves to walk through, with plumeria everywhere. It is nice, though, to drive home and in several yards along my street so see the plumeria, multi colored, in many shapes. On one street I even drive by a tree with red, pink AND yellow blossoms - ok, when you look closely you see that there are actually three trees planted close together, and that their branches intertwine so that it LOOKS like one tree with multiple colors.