Monday, August 24, 2015

Daylilies make way for Rose of Sharon

 Photos by Barry Wallace
More than halfway through August and the wonderful daylilies in our garden have now come and gone.   But joy of joys, they have been replaced by the beautiful Rose of Sharon (as they are often called in Canada), or the Rose Mallow (in England).   The proper name of course is Hibiscus, which grows around the world.   Linda and I have only one type in our garden: the Hibiscus syriacus, pictured above, and the  Hibiscus Syriacus (double bloom), pictured below.

Across the street however, on are neighbour George's front lawn, there are several hibiscus bushes and ornamental trees (see photo above and at left).   There is also a lovely assortment of colours.   George's hibiscus show is always an eye-catcher in our neighbourhood.
I'm always impressed with how easily-grown and hardy these large but delicate-looking flowers seem to be.   Our hibiscus, as well as George's must be non-tropical varieties because they are out-of-doors, in the garden, 12 months each year.   Our hibiscus do attract hummingbirds, but the hummers have a preference for more tubular blooms that hold lots of nectar.

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Barry Wallace

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