Long story short. This croton has at least 15+ years of plantdom. It has *never* grown flowers until this year. Hubby and I were all like freaked out when we saw the buds. Like, think the movie "Invasion of The Pod People." Seriously.
I took it to a nursery and they told me to relax. Flowers would bloom. And sure enough they have!
Hubby still doesn't trust the poor thing though. It has now been relegated to outdoor status.
In other news, NY was fantastic but the trip was way too short. I will have to go back sometime later this summer so I can really get reacquainted.