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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Promise to our new hibiscus

The red trailing begonia hanging by the steps was quite shabby after four months, so we went shopping and selected this bud laden hibiscus.

Last year I enthusiastically planted an hibiscus in my garden, and when it didn't reappear this year I did some belated research. Hibiscus don't survive below below 32 degrees.


All over town I'm seeing beautiful hibiscus blooming--out of the ground!
Perhaps they have hibiscus fairies dig them up and put them on a shelf all winter.


We promised this hibiscus it will sit on the laundry room shelf,
under a window,
all this winter.

28 comments:

  1. Hari Om
    Oh I do hope it feels more at home than last year's... this is one of my personal fave flowers! They just pop with joy... YAM xx

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  2. Very humorous. I wish the best of luck to your new hibiscus.

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  3. It's gorgeous. I nearly bought a hibiscus from the weekly auction we go to, but thought it might be a problem to keep it living.

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  4. My old-fashioned hibiscus live through -5 degree winters, but the one new one I bought died the first year.

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  5. what about rose of sharon they are hardy and similar to hibiscus

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  6. What a great color!
    Oddly my hibiscus that I got last year survived the winter - I'll have add a photo of it in my next blog post.

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  7. It is so pretty and I learned some new about the hibiscus that it doesn't survive under 32 degrees. Must not be many hibiscus in Montana I think.

    betty

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  8. One of my favorites. I see many in Jersey, and we get below 32, maybe they are planted every year. We don't have any.

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  9. Is hibiscus the plural of hibiscus? That fellow, or lovely lady, should be happy in your laundry room. Oh, Lordy. I just heard the first rumble of today's thunderstorm.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. Gorgeous hibiscus, Joanne, and your header is stunning! Here in Montreal, Canada, we can get some very hot and humid summers and I have noticed that many of the flowers cannot handle the magnitude of heat and humidity that we get here...lilacs suffer and dry out as well as many other flowers. However, the Hibiscus and lilies are able to handle our heat and I love these flowers.

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  11. We have one that doesn't seem to mind winter, and copes well with minus five or six. Your winters would challeng it.
    Good luck with this beauty.

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  12. I have three and they are not happy chappies this winter.
    Merle.............

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  13. We have to take our hibiscus in during the winter. But our Confederate Rose, which is actually a hibiscus that was developed to deal with could weather. We've gone as low as 18º here and it still does fine, no need to move indoors.

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  14. Well, that certainly explains our total lack of success with hibiscus here in Massachusetts.

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  15. I hate to tell you this, but we have a hibiscus bush that we have to keep cutting down. One year, there was a freezing wind from up north, and froze half the bus, but it all came back in the spring.
    If you would like, I will dig it up and drive it over to you.
    Even so, the blooms are wonderfully exotic.

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    1. Felt like my comment was snarky. Our hibiscus loves California heat and sun, misses water. While I hate heat and sun, at least the plant flourishes in it.

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    2. But I loved your remark--you and your hibiscus are welcome anytime!

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  16. Nice and healthy looking. And now that you've written your promise on your blog, that hibiscus will be holding you to it, mark my words :)

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  17. I absolutely double dare winter...Grade A days will be a rarity,for the sake of Miss Hibscus.
    Jane x

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  18. I absolutely adore hibiscus... and there are actually some hardy hibiscus which will survive Zone 5 winters by the by.

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  19. I know they grow all over the place in Hawaii, but it never occurred to me that I might try growing them as a house plant in Illinois with my brown thumb.

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  20. Hibiscus are strictly an annual up here--and all the more appreciated for their rare fragility. It's gorgeous, this late-season flower you've put in!

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  21. Beautiful! I have never had luck with over-wintering hibiscus. I wish you good luck! They are my favorite!

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  22. Most Hibiscus varieties do prefer warmer climates. Adelaide is full of them, there's one near my home with tri-colour flowers as big as small dinner plates. I had pictures of it on the blog a couple of years ago.
    Good luck with yours, it should do well in the laundry over winter.

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  23. Make it one of your lovely wovenblankets for cold nights, then it will reward you well next year.

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