Monday, September 12, 2016

Morning Surprise

In the early spring when I was busy with other things than my garden I missed the invaders.  I noticed weeks later that my hardy hibiscus, or rose mallow as it is sometimes called, was missing almost all of its leaves.  Just tall stems remained peering above the peonies.  I realized that there would be no dinner-dish-plate blossoms ahead but I also did not want to lose the plant, and so I sprayed with an organic soap and that seemed to deter whatever very small bug was eating away at the juicy green leaves.  This morning I see I have been rewarded with blooms months later!


We have native rose mallow that grows along my shore with white blossoms and red centers and while I enjoy it just as much, it is nice to see such a bold and garish tropical smile at the beginning of fall in my garden.

6 comments:

Red said...

It's rather difficult to leave a place for awhile at crucial times for gardening.

Linda Reeder said...

Gorgeous! A very nice surprise.

Granny Annie said...

Lovely picture.

ellen abbott said...

gorgeous. I have tropical hibiscus and altheas but not one of those. I'll have to look into them. do they freeze back in your winter?

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful image Tabor.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Lucky! My stuff was eaten by drought-striken armies of insects, after 3 types of insecticide! Powder plus sparay...