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Share a doughnut today

June 1, 2018
By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS - Garden Club of Cape Coral ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Today is National Doughnut Day! Really it is. In 1938 this special pastry day was promoted to honor the Army Lassies, the Army Day women, who served the treats to soldiers during World War I.

The treat was a comfort and support to the troops and the Salvation Army still continues to provide this treat today to millions of people in need each year.

A special whopper doughnut, from a whopper place, plus more deals should be available today only, while they last. Look for coupons on your computer, too, and get a freebie.

I never knew about this but will certainly share doughnuts today. It will not come in a fancy box like other special days, or with a fancy bow and price tag, and they may have to skip lunch, however it's the thought that counts.

Celebrate and share some doughnuts with love today.

Another special emotion to share right now is the chance to enjoy several late spring blooming trees we have here is Southwest Florida.This week I am highlighting the Royal Poinciana tree.

You must have seen a few the past couple of weeks. The Cape has a few, Pine Island has a few and Fort Myers has many more.

Some of them are so old they are past their prime, but even then the brilliant red-orange flowers are showy among the huge trunks and graceful spreading branches.

In case someone does not understand which tree I am talking about, it is Delonix regia, family Fabaceae, aka Flame tree and probably even more exotic names in other countries.

A huge tree in maturity, it may be 30 to 40 foot wide and have almost that wide of a beautiful umbrella top spread of flowers and shade.

Regia means regal and that is what it is.

You may start it in a pot and sometime within 5 years it will start to bloom and you should plant it in a large space and live long as you enjoy it becoming more and more beautiful as it matures.

It does not need special care but the root system is not deep and spreads thin so no under planting. The hurricane winds last year uprooted so many beautiful old oak trees, in part because we had such soggy soil by the time the hurricane winds came through.

Their large dense canopy of greens just acted like an open umbrella in that wind.

The canopies on the poinciana are large but not as dense; we did lose a few however.

Fertilizer, feeding and care are not difficult. Check with a nursery or on the computer.

My two favorite giants are just across the river on McGregor Boulevard. Cross the Caloosahatchee Bridge on 41, a free bridge ride, and onto the Fort Myers side, as you come down off the bridge, turn right onto McGregor. It will be right in front of you. Continue on down McGregor and on the east side of roadway, just before the Fort Myers Country Club there is an amazing full bloom Royal Ponciana. A perfect spot for a specimen tree to be.

There are several more here and there along McGregor, almost up to where the Cape Coral Bridge and College Parkway meet.

The homes and plantings along McGregor are always worth seeing.

Today is June 1. Watch the fertilizing, start early storm tidiness aound the home, and be mindful of all weather forecasting. It changes.

Stay happy and safe till we meet again.

H.I. Jean Shields is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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