Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wrensday: Hibiscus beauty

When we moved to our property almost 5 years ago I was determined to bring some of the plants I had nurtured at our old home to our new home. 

Our friends were gracious enough to "plant sit" for us for the 3 months we lived in an apartment, while looking for a home.  They had a "nursery" area in a shaded section of their property in which I stored pots and pots of plants I had dug from our old home. 

One of my favorites that I had to keep was a perennial hibiscus.  I got the seeds from an old family friend who had been growing it for decades in his back yard.  It took 5 years from the time I planted it until it finally bloomed.  But, boy, were the blooms worth the wait.

The flowers are the size of luncheon plates.  They tower over the other plants in the garden - even the tall grasses.

I have since weeded this garden and it looks much better!

Right now, since the day lillies are done, the hibiscus is the only color in this border.  It's been blooming for 4 weeks already and there are many more buds waiting to open.

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  1. I just learned we have hibiscus in our yard as well. I'll have to post some pictures. They are beautiful -- particularly since you don't usually hear of hibiscus growing in Colorado...

  2. Your hibiscus are beautiful. I am embarrassed to say that I have never heard of perennial hibiscus. We have hibiscus bushes in our yard here in Florida, but nothing like your perennial. Just beautiful.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. I would love to grow hibiscus! Good for you for keeping it for 5 years with no blooms- I probably would've given up. :-)

    Thanks for linking to the Tuesday Garden Party!


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