Quite Observant D!! This was taken yesterday morning, I changed out of my PJ into the clothes I wore the day before so you didn't have to see my poka dot skibbies! Sometimes I sleep with my ring on, sometimes off... That night, off. When I woke up and saw that it finally bloomed, I couldn't wait, I was just so excited to get a photo of it that I made Matt snap it real quick (still in my pj's) then saw what I looked like, and made him take it again, this time with a bra on...
When CH gets a bit bigger, I will def get a cutting for you!! Right now, she has 3 buds about to bloom, Saffron and Belle right behind her!
Black Dragon is doing great. I got two of them from a nursery here, marked premium annual lol. I have never had a problem with Black Dragon, in my experience it is just less forgiving of mistakes than other CVs. Its flowers are really something else and it grows with good vigor. Since you have a green thumb I think that it will do fine for you. So far I haven't had any problems with the CVs that are considered sensitive, as long as you give them what they need they will do great!
Chris, That BD is so beautiful. Dee, remember the forum that I asked what snow scale was ( http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1112404/ ) ? Well I was really mad at the man who sent them to me, and when I talked to him he said to send them all back and he would refund my money. Well I packed them all up (all 4) and brought them to the post office. It was going to be $50. So I took the biggest 2 out. Tiger's Eye and The path. Sent 5th and BD to Florida instead. When he got them he emailed me, turned out that since I was really nice to him, he refunded me the $120 that I payed for all 4 of the plants + SH, not only that, but when I checked my statement, he payed for the $13 that it cost for me to send the 2 back. He said that I can have these, and if I like them at the end of the growing season, then I could pay him for them. Really nice guy. So now I miss those 2 CV's and now that I see Chris's BD I'm mad I got rid of it!
Fancy hibiscus is a NO as far as quality of plants is concerned. There are only two vendors that I like besides hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com, hibiscus place and hibiscusladyhawaii are both good. Ive heard good things about exotic hibiscus, but I have never gotten them! I hope that you dont have any snowscale on your plants. Luckily on the west coast and rockies its too dry for them to survive.
Naw, I got rid of them quick enough. Thankfully... I have his Tiger's Eye and The Path...
I have only ordered from HVH, then Fancy, then 2 weeks ago I placed an order with Tried and True. Have you ever done business with them? I have heard good things about them. Then as you know Chris, another order with HVH, can't believe I missed that Confection Perfection like that! Whatever!
I know Kristen! Their business is booming, great for them, but sometimes its annoying how fast these CVs go. I tried twice now to get Ruby Tuesday, once in January and the other time in June. Both times I completed check out and I get an e-mail from Cindy saying that one person in front of me got the last one! Gah! This also happened with Jewel of the Nile, but for a plant to go so fast that check out doesnt mean you have it is really something. At least Geronimo and Snowy Sky are two that I was lucky enough to get. :) That means in the future I can trade wood of those two as well :)
Oh and I haven't used Tried and True yet, your going to have to let me know how you like them. What did you order?
I thought Tried and True has been out of all stock for quite awhile...how do you all know when HVH is stocking these plants and when to "jump on them" before they are gone? Do they announce it on the home page or do ya'll just pick what you want and watch for it to be in stock?
From T&T I got Eyelash, Mis Behavin, & Roman Candle. You know, I looked at Ruby Tuesday last month, wanted it real bad too. I put it in my cart and sat there wondering if I should order something else... Then I lost it. Pretty sure that is what happened with CP yesterday. But I jumped on Space Oddity, Gator Pride, & My Blue Heaven and they were shipped today!
I am having HVH keep them until I get settled :) Check out Burnt Saffron, its growing like crazy and this was a 4 inch purchase from HVH shipped at the end of May. See that tall center branch? That is for you :)
It may just be the extreme heat that Florida is having, we have received several hibiscus from Randy and they are always clean. If they were spidermites you would be able to see them. But to me it looks like its from the heat.