Friday, October 8, 2010

Long Live Hibiscus


It will almost be time to bring in the Hibiscus plant/tree.




The botanical name is Malvaceae which is part of the mallow family.
The genus includes both annual and perennial plants. Ours being the annual type, it has to come in before the first frost. Otherwise....trouble!




We've had this one for about 18 years. At first it had pale yellow blossoms. As it aged and has many a summer in full sun, it is this peachy colour . One fall the blossoms we're mostly a deep maroon. Very versatile this plant!




Three years ago it got 'bitten' really hard by the frost. As a consequence every leaf fell off and did it feel sorry for itself ! Thought we lost it for sure.




The next spring we put it back outdoors and it slowly came back producing the tiniest of leaves and no blossoms that summer.




Back in 1995 we spent Christmas in Bermuda (which I highly recommend by the way). Everywhere we went there were hedges of Hibiscus....in full bloom. I figure they must grow like a 'weed' down there. But what wouldn't ?







16 comments:

  1. Really beautiful, love that color!

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  2. What a beautiful plant! And, I'm very impressed that you managed to keep one growing for 18 years, in spite of the near frost loss. Isn't it funny how plants like this almost become like one of the family?

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  3. Beautiful pictures....and they do grow like weeds in Florida!!...my home state...

    Enjoy

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  4. Hibiscus is so great because it just keeps blooming and blooming and blooming . . . .

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  5. 18 years old! You have a green thumb.

    Christmas in Bermuda - sigh. That sounds so good. I can see snow on Pike's Peak this morning. Winter is on it's way, and I dread it.

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  6. I love Hibiscus's. At my old house there was a most beautiful red one. And boy did that plant get big! Flowers the size of plates. It was too big to transplant here at this house.
    Speaking of this house, no, no word as of yet about the possible rental. It looks and sounds good so far, but until it is finalized it is still limbo living. xoxo

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  7. Loverly. . .loverly. . .loverly. . ;-) Great phots, Jim. . .a nice kind of eye candy, , calming. . LOL

    Last Winter in Floria [!] my uncle's perennial hibiscus got bit by an overnight freeze. . imagine. A lot of pruning saved it! Who'd a thunk. . in Florida!

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  8. hello!
    what lovely photos and well done for the hard work keeping the lovely flower alive!
    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog too.
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  9. you obviously have a green thumb and a whole lotta patience to still have this plant. It is gorgeous...love the peachy colours. Have a good weekend.

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  10. My friend in LA had some beautiful hibiscus bushes in her garden. She used to pick some of the flowers and float them in a large flat bowl of water.

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  11. When we lived at the coast we had several hibiscus (should that be hibiscii ??? LOL!)including a magnificant pale yellow one that we rescued from where we renovated the front and moved to the back of the house. i have a photo of it somewhere, I'll post it in my blog.

    We miss the hibiscus, howver, the winters are too cold and frosty for them up on the highlands.

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  12. Great pictures! I do love the color!!

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  13. I want one! It's time we had another flowering potted plant. They grow like weeds in SoCal but I suppose they wouldn't survive the winter up here.

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  14. Yeah, I made the mistake of planting mine last year thinking it would make it through the winter. Wrong.

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  15. Beautiful & delicate. I have a blue Hibiscus which is planted out & does well.
    When I worked in Antigua the Hibiscus were stunning.

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