Kell, I can't believe you come up with all these beauties. My little garden takes me forever to take care of. Your flowers are spectacular. I know you spend multiples of time on them. (Mommy, I want to be just like Kell when I grow up). :) Marie
LOL Marie. My yard is a disaster this year. I spend too much time nursery hopping and on here. Yesterday I spent half the day chopping back a vine I ususlly would have pruned back in April. It went from night on my porch to day, it is great now. I have cuttings all over my back-porch. My DH just wants to be able to sit out there and relax. Believe me, you do not want to be anything like me.
Hi Carlos! 5 gallon is a good size. It was labeled Sunset Beach but I wonder if growers just name them what ever they want. I find similar ones with different names all the time.
Ardesia, if I were you I would pick to go with Kyle but in California. LOL. The best of all worlds. Though with his contacts, I bet he does much more fun shopping than I do right from his home or office.
I've gotta disagree. No disrespect meant, guys, but I'd pick to go shopping with Carlos. First off, it means I get to go to Belgium, and that's a no-brainer! Second I'd get flip through his book of thousands of blooms and make my list of "must haves" triple in one fell swoop! lol...
And then I'd get home and DH would know it was too dangerous to let me back in the house, but that's a whole other issue. Ah hem.
Tess, I'd prefer to go shopping to CA, LA & FL hibiscus nurseries. Here you won't find much... and nothing cheap. For the last liners I bought I paid around 10$ each and some are mislabelled once they've bloomed.
ardesia, thanks for the numbers but I'm a bit lost with volume measurements. I used to work with the diameter of the pot, in centimeters or inches.
Kell, yes, some growers/resellers that buy hundred of liners from hibiscus nurseries tend to change the name of the original plant. I guess Sunset Beach is one of those names. I'm sure yours is Lady Cilento, a bit old variety.
I was trolling the garden section of my local Home Depot today and found this same "Sunset Beach" hibiscus in 1 gal size for a stunning $4.97 Found one in bloom and it closely matches Kell's pic from last year. Snatched up a total of 3. Figure I can make up some containers as gifts.
Found a slightly different color variation in a 5 gal. they called "Newport Beach" for $14.97. Late Sunday afternoon, this thing had 3 flowers nicely open. I almost couldn't believe it! Maybe because the price wasn't marked folks were afraid to ask?
I was so jazzed I insisted on getting it planted next to my pondless waterfall near the front door of our house. I was out there swinging a shovel well after dark...yes, my neighbors think I'm a nut. The accent lighting on the waterfall sets it off perfectly.
Hi Cfarm. I am trying to remember where Discovery Bay is in relation to me. I think you are not too far. Looking at that picture I started this thread with, I am wondering what happened to that hibiscus. I think half of it survived the winter and it is in my orange cobo pot. I should check labels. I was debating if I should yank it the other day and just plant a new one. So many of mine got toasted by our January cold spell!
Sounds like you had fun at HD. I should stop by ours just to see what is going on.
Hi Kell, Disco Bay is on Hwy 4 just east of Brentwood. Used to be a weekend resort type town and now it's grown into a bedroom community for the Bay Area.
The Depot I visited is west side of Brentwood near Antioch. They must have had 20 of these gal size.
I had a few in the ground which had made it through one winter, but went roots up in this last one. I've spent the last few weekends replanting almost my entire backyard. Still a little to do, so nursery trolling is mandatory. Managed to take home a decent haul of goodies from the UC Botanical sale the other day. Got some oddball Passiflora for others I lost in the freeze, among other things.
I'm a professional hibiscus hybridizer . . and I've grown Curt Sinclair's Sunshowers for many years. I hate to disagree with Carlos, but the first picture posted here was Sunshowers, not Lady Cliento. Curt has sold so many of these to so many people and businesses over the years that we now see it marketed under many names in this country. Completely legal, darn it, which is why I patent everything that Hines Horticulture buys from me. Curt has never patented any of his, so he suffers this abuse from growers lacking conscience. A few of his like sunshowers and Red Snapper SHOULD have been patented, maybe fine little Erin Rachel.
My opinions only, offered for your consideration.
peace and joy,