Sunday, November 28, 2010

What's blooming in paradise


Their beauty makes them look fake, like brightly crinkled paper perfectly formed. My cranberry hibiscus plants are loaded with buds and I just noticed the first blooms the other day. 

They are a different species than the tropicals, these are more like a native plant, requiring less care, drought tolerant and propagating all by themselves. The flowers are a beautiful shade of purple/maroon with oddly shaped leaves and stems to match in a darker shade. 

I'm going to make a point of gathering seeds to get them started all over the yard for no-fuss beauty . . . the shrubs are pretty without the flowers with those beautiful green and purple leaves.

The photo is from another season since I haven't gone out there to take photos.   This past winter with unusual freezing temps for more than one or two days  destroyed all that I had.  I lost many of my plants, especially the tropical hibiscus and some of the gingers.  Anyway, the cranberry hibiscus babies started popping up here and there . . . they have had no care at all and need to be transplanted.

Awesome plant!  It was one of those plants that I acquired through plant swaps with local members of an old gardening group that I maintained online.  I'm really starting to enjoy native plants moreso than any others . . . they are the ones that bounced back quickly from the brutal winter.


73 comments:

Sofia's Ideas said...

I love LOVE LOVE hibiscus, but everytime I put one on my patio, it attracts so many ants!!! They eat the plant alive! ;(

I'm now following you through Three P's in a Pod Sunday Blog Hop. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @ http://sofiasideas.com/

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Brenda said...

Your hibiscus is stunning. I am your newest follower from the Sunday Blog Hop, drop by and check out my blog at kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com
Have an awesome week!

Shelley said...

Following from the blog hop. Hope you can follow back.
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Candles by Nature said...

Hello! I'm a new follower from the Pink Dandy blog hop :) Looking forward to reading your posts, I'm a fellow gardener so hopefully I can pick up some tips!

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Hi! I am a new follower from Monday's blog hop. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
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Jo Frances said...

Great pictures! Just what I need to cheer me up on a winter's day. :-)

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Casondra said...

SO pretty! :)

New follower!!!

Ms Bibi said...

We used to have big beautiful hibiscus , but had to sell it when we moved. I miss it so much.

Stopping by to say Hi from FMBT. I am your newest follower.

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Walt Life said...

These are beautiful, I used to have red and pink hibiscus in my front yard when we lived in South FL.

New follower from the hop! Would love for you to visit my blog when can. Have a great day!

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MadeInCanarias said...

Hi!
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djpr said...

Hopping over from For the Love of Blogs! Your hibiscus is sooo gorgeous! I've tried them here and have had no luck at all with them, spent almost 40 bucks on one several years in a row and the fall chill wiped them out a couple of years, and I tried bringing them in the house, but that didn't work either, made me sad!

<3 Donna

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

Hi Gina! Thanks for stopping by my blog- I am now following this blog as well :) I love gardening & have a collection of tropical plants.. my papaya & key lime tree are both in bloom now! No easy feat here in NJ..


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new follower

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Vagabond Carnival said...

My mom loves hibiscus plants. She always has to have some growing around her garden. They also make a great tea! ;)


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Menopausal New Mom said...

Found you through a blog hop, would love a follow back and I love your garden!!

Kelly said...

Visting from the blog hop! Now following you on Google Friend!

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Hi! I'm your newest follower from a weekend blog hop. I'd love it if you would follow back at one or all four of my blogs :)

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Danielle @ "We Don't Have It All Together" said...

Hello, new follower from the blog hops... wow, you have a lot of blogs :)

Gina Alfani said...

Thanks to everyone visiting, commenting and/or following my blog :-)

@Danielle . . . lol I do!! I have lots of interests and hate to cram everything into one blog . . .

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend . . . Gina

Marah said...

i'm your newest follower from meet and follow sunday.

i can't wait to get to know you better!

i'd love for you to come by my blog and follow!

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Carolee Sperry a.k.a. The Blogging Biz Mom said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Stopping by from "Follow Friday 40 and over" - on Sunday!

Have a great week!

P.S. Don't forget to drop by my blog to see the details of my upcoming holiday blog hop!

Heather said...

Hi Gina! I'm following from the Weekend Blog Hop. Stop by when you can and have a great weekend!


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Burciko said...

Hi,thanks so much for joining my bloghop! I follow you now! :)

April said...

How beautiful! I'm your newest follower from the Sunday blog hop - hope you'll follow me back!

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hi, i'm following from Give It To Me Monday blog hop! i hope you'll stop by my blog and follow back :)

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Giveaways for Mom said...

Following from Mid Week Mingle!

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Beautiful flowers!

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I am your new follower. You can follow me back at http://showmemama.com. Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

Have a great weekend
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Here from the bloghop.
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I'm your newest follower.
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Cindy said...

What an absolutely gorgeous plant. I love looking at plants, but have a BLACK thumb. All I do is think about touching a plant and it dies :( poor plants!

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Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I love hibiscus, it has been growing in my garden perfectly.
I love your picture! Beautiful!!

New follower from Pink Dandy blog hop.
I hope you can stop by and have a great Sunday!

B

Sofia's Ideas said...

Its been awhile - hope all is well!

I'm already following you but I'm stopping by through the Relax & Surf Sunday Blog Hop. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @ http://sofiasideas.com/

Sofia's Ideas

eileeninmd said...

Just beautiful! Hibiuscus is one of my favorite plants for my deck.

LC said...

This is a strangely beautiful shade... reminds me of the hardy hibiscus called 'Plum Crazy' which is quite popular here... L

Marie said...

Hi there,

I am your newest follower from the blog hops. So good to 'meet' you. I look forward to reading more from you soon.

Whenever you get a free moment I would love if you came by for a visit too.

Thanks so much,
Marie
The Things We Find Inside

Luna Miranda said...

this color is beautiful--never seen a hibiscus in this color before. very pretty.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Gorgeous color!
Hey, I'm Gina, too!

chubskulit said...

That's gorgeous!

daffodils

I am now your follower Gina.

Arija said...

So beautiful against the greenery.

Janet Ellis said...

Hi Gina, Love the Hibiscus plants. I'm a desert gardener and am trying my first winter garden. Everything the puppies haven't stomped or eaten is doing well :-) Kale, Lettuce, broccoli and cabbage. The rest, gone :-) I'm a new follower over from Beckham & Bloom and you can find me over at http://theskinnyonmini.blogspot.com/ and http://inherpeace-janetsjournal.blogspot.com/ Have a great Monday. Blessings, Janet

Misty said...

I'm a new follower from the Saturday Stalk Blog Hop! I would love a follow back :) It would be awesome if you could also follow me on Networked Blogs & Facebook too! I am following you via Networked blogs too but for some reason it doesn't show up:(

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Lindsey said...

Love your blog!!!
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KD said...

BEAUTIFUL! Makes me just yearn for summer...

Ewa said...

beautiful plant!

Míriam Luiza said...

Realmente são lindos e brilhantes!

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Suertemom said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower.

Liz said...

Hello,
I am a new follower from Surfin Saturdays.
I would love a follow back.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

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Its nice to see great tropical plants, sadly I killed our banana plant I think we did not have the right environment.

Jackie said...

Coming over to follow via the saturday hop! Hoping you can swing by Mommy In The Baking and follow back. Have a great saturday night!
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SKY PRINCESS said...

Very nice!

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Amanda said...

Love the flowers!! Sure wish we could keep flowers in the winter here :\


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gengen said...

I am a new follower from Friendly Friendly Follow. Merry Christmas.

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I am your newest follower!
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Blogger Broadcast said...

It's beautiful Gina. Lovely color as well.

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Stopping by from today’s blog hop and am your newest follower. I hope that 1 of my blogs interests you too.
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Our Banana Moments said...

It's so pretty here. This would make for great wall paper on my screen.
Just dropping by to say hello from the crazed fan blog hop. I hope to see you around. Banana

One of my goals is to increase my facebook fan page.

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