Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday

Last week we were in southern California soaking up the sunshine. It's beautiful there and we had a great time, BUT I found out that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence (or the Rockies). I do believe it's actually greener in Colorado this time of year! (California does reserve bragging rights during the Winter months though -- hands down!) It was great to come home to green grass and bounteous flowers. This last week it has cooled down considerably and all the foliage has benefited from the drop in temperature and the rain storms. Our gardens look better than ever!

Today I am going to share with you some photos of my hibiscus plants. This first hibiscus plant is planted in our yard. When these plants started showing up in our nurseries a few years ago and they were labeled "Hibiscus," I didn't have much hope of them surviving the winter. I'd grown up in northern California, and even there Hibiscus plants have a hard time in the winter. But, survive it did. This perennial is a wonder. It dies back every year, but comes back each summer with these magnificent blooms. These blossoms are at least 6 inches across!

The first summer that our neighbor saw the Hibiscus plant above, he thought he would try his hand at one too. We get to enjoy his as well, because he planted it in his front yard right by our property line! These blooms are huge -- at least 10 inches across!

These next three photos are of three hibiscus plants that I potted in the late spring of this year. They won't make it through the winter, but these plants have bloomed their little hearts out all summer long. They didn't even take a breathe in their blooming cycle. Every time I look at these flowers I feel like getting out my ukulele (if I had one) and singing an Hawaiian ditty!

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Linda aka yellowroseli said...

Oh my gosh, I just love Hibiscus.
I have one this year, but do not know if it will make it through the winter here in the Northeast.
Love your photos.

Perennial Gardener said...

Hibiscus are so tropical & lush they make thing of Hawaii too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms with us today.

Suzy said...

I love Hibiscus!
I have the one in your first photo,and have even moved it from house to house,and it always does great the next year.
Beautiful photos this week and thanks for sharin'.

Laurie and Chris said...

We have never grown Hibiscus, but Chris's grandmother used to. Great pictures.

Happy Bloomin' Tuesday.

Jean said...

Suzanne, Your hibiscus are all beautiful but as always I favor the coral colors. They are definately related to the Rose of Sharon . The R of S has way smaller blooms, maybe 3 inches across at most, and are a woody shrub that looses it's leaves in fall. Great Bloomin' Tuesday post!

devri said...

beautiful, those are my fav's I have no idea why!!! :0)

Sweetie said...

The hibiscus are beautiful - each is my favorite. I have never tried to grow them. I also enjoyed your post from last Tuesday.

Aiyana said...

Lovely colors, some I haven't seen before.

Dee said...

They are so beautiful! I am amazed at how many colors and shapes these blooms come in!

Anne Fannie said...

Suzanne, your Hibiscus flowers are so beautiful!
Yes its been very hot here in Southern California, today was 102 at my house, my flowers are crying!

MiaKatia said...

I know who is getting a ukulele for Christmas! Love the flowers they are so bright and beautiful.