July 28, 2010

Apparently I’m a Hibiscus Farmer

I am not a farmer.  As a matter of fact, any legit farmer might be offended that I use the word “farmer” at all.  To all farmers, my sincerest apologies.  I think my only saving grace might be the inclusion of  the word “experimental”.      And that’s what it’s all about.

I didn’t start off with a plan this summer.  Over the past few years I’ve been breaking away from my desire to over-tend (aka: overkill in the garden) and just do my best and see what happens.  More of a “you win some, lose some” attitude.  Tomatoes are the staple.   Cucumbers are always planted but cucumber beetles are a constant battle  Everything else is fair game.   Experiments abound.

Typically I have one or two Hibiscus on my deck.  Last week I posted about a clearance sale at Walmart.    Initially I brought a couple home.   These poor things were parched.   Can you say '”bone dry”?   With a little TLC, in a few short days they were looking  good.

07 27 Hibiscus BUD

And then…..
07 27 Hibiscus BLOOM

I had to go back!    There were still some left but this time they were saturated.   The pots sat in liners that had no holes!   Not to be deterred, I bought ten more.  Does that make it a farm?  For me it does!  They all have to fit on to my deck……and taken inside for the winter! 

07 27 Hibiscus Farm I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

During the transportation of these babies I broke off a good size branch so it’s been dipped in rooting hormone and potted up. 
07 27 Hibiscus CUTTING
Hopefully I’ll have another one for my collection farm.


Bonnie said...

Love your farm! I think I would have bought them all. Too much fun!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Thanks for the sunflower idea! Also, I just may need to take photos of things in my backyard for you to identify :)

Anonymous said...

What a pretty plant it is. Good luck with your farm.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That plant has some beautiful blooms. Thanks for sharing...Julian

Pam said...

That is a great color. I have never had any luck with them, but maybe I'll try a few more if I buy them on clearance and then I can have a farm too.

troutbirder said...

Well you made me miss my overwintering hibiscus. Mine was orange and grew and grew till one fall my spouse banished it from the house cause it got to big poor thing.... oh well

Alea said...

Your hibiscus is beautiful. I love rescuing plants that our local garden stores have given up on or that have suffered severe causalties on our property. I hope your hibiscus branch becomes a vigorous plant!

GardenofDaisies said...

The blossoms are just so beautiful, it's not hard to understand why you want 10 of them! You need to find someone with a greenhouse for the winter...