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Monday, November 16, 2009
Gardener's like to indulge in the anticipation of blooms from our reliable performers.
We just kind of keep our expectancy reserved until we see signs that any one of those particular plants is actually going to bud out right on time.
At which time our hopes become realities and we ditch all doubts in exchange for humble thankfulness that another plant is happy and secure assuring us we must have done something right in the nurturing.
Being that November is the middle of autumn and generally gardens can be (depending on weather) winding down a bit here in Florida all November bloomers are especially celebrated.
Adding to its appeal and probably the most distinctive characteristic of the Hibiscus sabdariffa or often called Roselle, Jamaican Tea, Maple-Leaf Hibiscus, Florida Cranberry, October Hibiscus, Red Sorrell~~ is its outstanding burgundy-colored maple-shaped foliage.
In a photo taken earlier this month (above) the sunlight streaming through it highlights the veining in each leaf and the brightness of the new growth.
Here you can visualize how it contrasts so wonderfully with all the shades of greenery in the back garden. They were frosted to the ground last winter. Recovering quickly in spring, I have been consistently pruning these vigorous growers back since then.
My goal was to keep them more compact and bushy and from getting too tall and leggy as they tend to do if left on their own. Even so, they are towering over me in height. Note to self: be even more aggressive next year.
As with all hibiscus, each bloom only lasts about a day but fortunately on the maple-leaf the buds form along the length of each stem.
The flowers that grace the branches this time of year are a bonus bright spot to the already showy foliage.
Besides having pest free habits, these hibiscus are one of the easiest plants to propagate by cuttings. It has been fun to pop these plants in the ground in several locations around Hoe and Shovel for the deep foliage I lean towards loving all year long.