09 November 2011
Not so Wordless Wednesday: Hibiscus for Curing Winter Blahs
Happily, I've long found that a relief for the NO-vember blahs is to surround myself with colourful tropical plants. One of my all-time favourites is the hibiscus, which makes a great patio plant in the warm months, and is well suited for a bright indoor location in many homes.
Den Haan's Nursery in Middleton, I found myself checking out some new hybrids that I hadn't seen before. Called the Gold Series, they have enormous flowers similar in size to the 'Luna' hibiscus grown in gardens, sometimes as tender perennials and sometimes as longer-lived perennials even here in Nova Scotia. This variety is called Red Velvet, and while the photo isn't bad, it doesn't truly do the flower justice, as it's a deep rich red, the darkest I've seen.
For those who asked about the potting bench in my previous post: I didn't build it, but it was built for me from plans found in an issue of Saltscapes magazine some years ago. I've asked the editorial team if they could find the issue (I can't seem to lay my hands on it) and once I get a copy of the article or a link to it, I'll share it here in a post.
That's it for this time--just to tease you a little, I should have an announcement to make within a few weeks, as I am embarking on a new venture that I hope will appeal to gardeners in our region and beyond. Keep watching this space, as the saying goes!