Since Spring is definitely on the way, the plants in the greenhouse are starting to wake up and bloom! When I walked in this morning, my tropical hibiscus Sun Showers was open! I've noticed that the cooler it is the more red is has.
Actually Sun Showers is a Tropical Hibiscus .. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and definitely not hardy in zone 8 .. Hibiscus moscheutos are the supposedly hardy zone 8 hibiscus .. I've rarely had them come back.
The hardy hibiscus take a while to come up and will be complete dead above ground. I'm warmer than you and I see no sign of life out of my hardies but they will come back, they do every year. I thought they were hardy below zone 8????
The tropical ones barely come back on the coast and an odd thing I noticed is the red tropical ones seem to be the hardiest. Forget about the fancy ones outside during the winter they need over 32 degrees.
BTW the Hibiscus moscheutos are fun to cross breed if you have a few together they'll cross all by their selves making a random colored flower as far as I can figure out.
The moscheutos is suppose to be hardy to like zone 6 but every year I plant them in the ground and in 10 years I've had one come back. Now oddly enough, when I lived in Virginia they all came back. Last year was the first time I planted Luna Pink Swirl in the ground so I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will return but I certainly won't hold my breath!
I think it's just too hot for the moscheutus here on the coast. Mine don't ever bloom the way they're supposed to.
Begon - you won't know if your hardy comes back for at least a month, if not more. Don't throw them out!! I transpanted mine today and there was no new growth. The only way I know it's alive is the healthy root system.
On an up note, my nectarine is in full bloom.
I winter sowed Hardy Hib and they are coming up like crazy right now - can't wait to see how the seedlings from last year grow this year - ok I have to fess up on these - they took forever to germ last year and by September weren't even a foot tall - I was so perturbed I tossed them in their 4" pots under the back deck and when cleaning out that area two weeks ago found them and their root system survived...I need to learn to be meaner to my yard LOL
I'm hoping they are really truly still alive and I can add them to large pots for the wedding in July - we shall see...The lily's I planted for centerpieces are all coming up...now if they will only co-operate and bloom accordingly so I don't have to buy flowers for the center pieces (hoping my hydrangea, crocosmia and a few others comply too - doing burgandy and deep orange as the colors :)~
On an upnote, my Jasmine sambac didn't die! It's only marginally hardy here, I planted it last Fall and didn't protect it. Needless to say, I didn't think it would survive, but there's new growth at the base!
Does "Sprouting in March" count? These ferns are at the end of the Captain's pond. We dug them out of the woods several years ago. Always miss stage because we are usually gone on the boat this time of year, so we are enjoying this beautiful spring here.
Pulmonaria Mrs. Moon, from my daughter Stacy (Sstateham on DG). We bought these together at the Cincinnati Flower Show years ago, I lost mine when we moved from Kentucky, and she gave me a start from one of hers.
Beautiful! .. I'm beginning to think you like pink! Does the lorapetalum have a fragrance? Does it set seed easily and become nuisance with zillions of seedlings? I'm thinking I'd like one of those if it's not high maintenance.
Xerantheum, thanks - Yes, I'm trying to do pink, blue and white with some yellow and no or little orange, but that doesn't always work out. The lorapetalum is just the common contractor landscaping plant, and wish there was a fragrance, but not on mine. Mine is pretty well behaved - occasionally it sets out a layered stem which goes away when it's clipped off.. This one in the front is really flamboyant - have one in the back which we moved the second year, and it barely gets by. Need to soil test that bed. I'm not usually here this time of year (gone on the boat), so not sure how messy these flowers will be when they drop. They'll probably be covered by pine pollen and unnoticeable?
I wait all year and most of the winter, but now two years in a row my White BOP hasn't disappointed. Beautiful plant. Two more flower stalks on the back too just waiting to open. Can't wait to get it out in the yard in a few weeks.
I think it's all in the, eh... neglect. Ever since I stopped fertilizing it and watering it a lot, it blooms. Go figure. Same with the other Orange BOP. Seems like the more I leave it alone, the better it blooms. Just give it plenty of sun and let the rain and/or sprinklers do their thing and it seems happy. Odd thing is I have another BOP, even larger than this one, and it never blooms. So strange. I wonder if they might be different types, if memory serves me right, there's two types of giant white BOPs? The one that blooms I got from the Florida Key's. The others mostly came from local nurseries, though I think the largest did in fact come from Florida too. I wish I knew my own secret, lol.
Neglect = blooming is not as odd as you might think .. since a plants biological imperative is to reproduce itself, the more stress it's under the more it blooms - that's why a lot of plants that are root bound bloom profusely. When I get plants that won't bloom, I quit feeding them and water sparingly and usually blooms aren't too far behind .. go figure.
well I did find out I was giving it an incorrect fert. ratio - so I bought one that is a 12-4-8 in hopes that might help. I know they need to be rootbound to flower and at least 3-4 years old so...here's hoping this will be the year for all of us John LOL
There are several things that disqualify me to be a resident of the south- don't follow college football, dislike azaleas, hate loropetalum, despise pimento cheese, etc. However, I like the psychotic nature of my neighbor's loropetalum, hope they never trim it. It makes me laugh every time I pass it.
This is one of my favorite plant purchases of the last few years, Iris japonica "Wuhan Angel." It's great for dry shade, and it was promised to spread 10' in 3 years, and it's making good inroads in that direction. Darn thing is almost impossible to photograph, but it has beautiful white blooms with a hint of lavender markings.
When I lived in Kentucky I loved to photograph tobacco barns and someone told me you can tell a Yankee because they are photographing tobacco barns! Probably the same applies to pine trees, wisteria and jessamine, but I couldn't resist these beautiful wild things.
Entilie - you're not alone, this yankee loves Wisteria too...never saw it grow until I moved to the Carolina's so it's not common or ordinary to me - on the road to school there is a huge patch of white wisteria I've been trying to gear myself up to stop and ask the owner if I could have a piece...it is stunning amidst the purple...
Rednyr - the kousa is mostly under pines and maples. And not in real deep shade. I'm not usually here this time of year (on boat), but it barely grows and neighbors say it doesn't bloom. At least I thought I'd move to the fringe border of the lawn, it would get about 1/2 shade there. Not until fall, though. Barely leafing out now.
I'd almost be scared to move a dogwood, I've always heard they don't transplant well, and every tree I've tried to establish in my yard, either purchased from Lowe's or my parents house has died. Could just be my soil (doubtful), but I've heard others say to be careful when moving them too. If it's not blooming this year though, it may be worth a shot at moving it.
We had a wonderful wild dogwood with unusually large flowers at our Columbia home and it regularly had seedlings underneath. We learned the most successful way to transplant these babies was to lift them with lots of soil clinging to the roots and directly plant them where we wanted them. When we tried to pot them up with potting mix they didn't make it and if the soil fell off the roots they didn't make it either.
We have many white dogwoods on two lots. The orignal ones are 50-60 years old. I have transplanted the others from the many seedlings that appear. If you have azaleas that thrive then so will dogwoods. They like acid soil and go light on fertilizer. I never fertilize mine. Move them after they loose all their leaves. If you wait until they leaf-out, they won't make it.
This picture is one of the original dogwoods. Their lifespann (I have been told ) is 50 years. We will have to cut down 5 this year that we are pretty sure are close to 60 yrs. old.
rednyr, You made me stop and question myself. I was afraid I had given you the wrong information. The streets in Conway are lined with dogwoods and this time of year they are beautiful. In all of the homes on the historical trail, there are always large azalea bushes under the dogwoods. The soil here in the city is acidic. If you venture out a mile or more it is a different story. Dogwoods do not do well in the new subdivisions.
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LOL...didn't mean to make you question yourself!! really there are so many different thoughts on the subject it's only when we are faced with 'why isn't this doing well' that we start to dig (yes pun intended) for answers!
Since the AZ aren't doing well either and there are Pines in the area I would then look at soil type itself...
Of course reading more today on the net there are numerous stories of watering techniques or lack of or too much water that bud set or lack there of is blamed on...so really...it's just narrowing it down to what happened the previous year, where is it planted (slope, flat or pooling area) and oh about another 20 things I read on the internet trying to find the common denominater) LOL
You will love your pink dogwood. Ours are 10 years old now and they are more beautiful each year. They were slow to grow at first but after 2 years they really took off. They are now around 18' tall. That is their mature height --- I think.
This one is going next to a silver maple that's on its way out. They're life span is about 15 years. by the time the dogwood get happy and settled, a few years, it'll be time to cut the (then) dying silver maple down.
Dogwoods were my Mom's favorite tree tree and my husband likes pink, so that's my justification for buying it!