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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Maybe I Need to Get a Life


Another variety of hibiscus

The beauty of this $1 hibiscus stunned me. My price--cheap. This almost-free plant bloomed for the first time since I got it two weeks ago. The bloom is just as the woman described it. It is pink with darker pink in the center. It's my new favorite. Plus, the bloom is about 8" across.
 
If I could afford to go to a movie, I would. Instead, I will just sit here and rhapsodize aloud/in type about this beauty that bloomed this afternoon for the first time at my house.
 
This plant almost got to stay at the nursery. It looks like something sat on it. The main two branches stick out to one side, making it wider than it is tall. The woman who helped me by moving the plants so I could see them and loaded on a cart and into the car just insisted that I should get this one.
 
 
 
She described it and said I could propagate more from this mangled plant. For a dollar, why not? You can see the top six inches is new growth. And, my chicken keeps falling over!
 
Okay, there is obviously nothing on my mind tonight.
 
Just now, at 6:50 and five minutes from total darkness, Thelma was making a racket, sounding like an egg song. I rushed out. She jumped from the table and rushed to the fence. Patsy Cline came from the nest box. Both were dying to get out, trying to force the gate open with their thoughts and anxious little bodies.
 
 
I could see nothing. Maybe a raccoon that I heard earlier was out there. They are safe.
 
So, I will just wash dishes, maybe. It is such a blah Saturday night here, actually like most my nights...lol.
 
Your turn
It is sort of late for "first" blossoms. Have you had any late surprises flower-wise? 


16 comments:

  1. Here in the rainy pnw, my For o ' Clocks just won't quit.

    I find movies boring. I hate being stuck in a room with no windows. I would rather be outside watching the flowers open. Have you ever grown Datura metel? (Angel's Trumpet) What a show!

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    1. One type of Datura is called Jimson Weed (originally Jamestown Weed after the colony). It's said to be a really strong hallucinogen.

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    2. Meg b,
      No, I have thought of growing it for the beauty. However, I think it is invasive. After the wisteria taking over the place because I thought it was lovely and let it have its way, I want nothing invasive. Of course, you may correct me on that.

      I love going to the movies a couple of times each year, not weekly or even monthly. I have a huge picture window and insist my sink must be under a window.

      Watching flowers is well and good, but movies are good. I don't know how to work my dvd player or hook it up.

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  2. I'm more a foliage guy. I planted a fatsia last year and almost took it back out when I read that slugs are a major problem (western Oregon has slugs that grow to maybe five inches long), but left it, and am delighted at how fast it has grown and how pest-free it is. As for blooms, all five of my Miscanthus sinensis are in flower. If I had place to put it, I would love to have a hibiscus--a Rose of Sharon hibiscus.

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    1. I love foliage, but flowers are nice. Oh, I looked up fatsia on Clemson.edu. That is the plant I saw at a guy's house where there was a yard sale. I had forgotten the name. I want one of those!

      Miscanthus sinensis--sharp leaves. I will never have those.

      I have a Rose of Sharon, lavender. They make babies all over the place but are easy to control I want pink. Since they grow into a tree shape and are perfect for corners, it seems you could have one somewhere. Mine is a volunteer.

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    2. The leaves are no sharper than those of other grasses, and you don't have to do anything to them except to cut them to the ground in late winter, so it's really not a problem.

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  3. The Krogers up home sells the nicest flowers. Last year I brought a decorative cabbage back to Florida and planted it. It got HUGE! Then...maybe because it's not a Florida plant, it started growing a four foot tall stalk! I have it staked, so it won't snap.

    I'm going to Krogers before we head home and see what they have this year.

    Have you ever heard of a decorative cabbage growing into a Palm tree?

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    1. lotta joy,
      No, I have never heard of that. You may be right. I ate a decorative cabbage and I had the worst gas, in every way, that I have ever had in my life!

      That is an interesting thing that happened. I am going to investigate that.

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  4. I would most definitely be doing happy dances if that hibiscus bloomed in my yard. Very happy dances. At the moment there are many, many tulips in flower and more opening each day. Joy and bliss.
    But then my garden provokes rather a lot of them already.

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    1. I would love to have tulips. I had a volunteer, a black tulip. This year, I about going to plant pots of tulips and daffodils for next spring. And, a yellow iris.

      Believe me, it took my breath away. None of the other five hibiscus had such large blooms and were multi-colored. I'm still waiting for the red one to bloom. Hopefully, the will all make it through the winter and I will have many little hibiscus for next spring.

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  5. Oh Linda ... I had written you a very involved , long, convoluted message which had little to do with your post but in the blink of an eye it disappeared!!! Good golly I hate it when that happens!

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    1. Well, Janet, it looks like you will have to start over...lol. I am interested in the message. I know, it makes me want to never type again.

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  6. I'd comment, but I'm still trying to process the fact that you still have beautiful 8" flowers blooming!

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    1. Sue,
      The woman at Lowe's is surprised that mine were blooming. She has one that has gone dormant. Lots of things are in new bloom in my backyard. It is like the tropics out there most of the time. It is very warm and very humid. I have my own microclimate going on back there, lush and humid.

      Isn't that a gorgeous bloom? Okay, leading question. But, this is the most gorgeous pink flower I have ever seen.

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    2. A lush and humid micro-climate sounds lovely. But, no wonder that wisteria is such a problem. There's no Old Man Winter to tame it.

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    3. Oh, it will get down to freezing sometime in November, then the weather will remain cold but not freezing until sometime in January or February. Around Jan or Feb we could get temperatures as low as 9 F, but that is uncommon. By the first of March, we can tell Spring is on the way. Old Man Winter can only beat it back, not tame it.

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