Thursday, May 10, 2012


I have found lately that I have fallen in love with hibiscus. They are so wild and over the top! It's so interesting how different every plant is and how many different varieties there are.

Last year we got the first one. A vibrant red hibiscus with a braided trunk. Amazingly a walmart find that didn't die! (So many times, any plant I buy from Wal-Mart always seems to have to suicide plan.) It made it through the winter and most of it has come back, but being the first one in the yard it holds a special place :-)

Love this picture. Took it in the early morning with my phone and it just looks like a painting!

I have a few cuttings that I picked up one day of hibiscus and I am very happy to say that all three have rooted. All three are different colors. Last week the first cutting bloomed!

And last week we added two more: a variegated and a maple leaf. So far the varegated does not have any blooms yet, but the maple leaf hibiscus has already started! The crimson buds look like little turbans littering the stalk. Hopefully soon they will be opened up!

Maple Leaf Hibiscus bud up close


  1. I haven't had much luck with the more tender hibiscus here, but I've been able to keep Malvaviscus arboreus alive for a second season, bringing it here from our yard near Tallahassee ( It's not very showy, but I thought it still deserves a place in our new tropical garden.

    I love that pic of the bud. It reminds me of a Skexie (sp?) in the movie The Dark Crystal.

    1. Malvaviscus arboreus... I think that's something I have seen around the Orlando area recently and I like the way the buds look like they are "hanging" around.