Yesterday morning I opened my back patio gate and stepped outside to THIS. The Path had bloomed. This bush has the largest flower of all the tropical hibiscus I own. About the size of your hand stretched wide open. She is also the only one still in a pot. I like being able to move her around. Tropical hibiscus like pots. They can't go in the ground in cold climates.
no photoshop or retouching of any kind here, just pure flower
When she first blooms her petals bend backwards and puff out. Gradually over the next 24 hours they cup back inward. These flowers don't need water to live inside your house, but I almost never pick mine. I like to see them adorning the plant. I rolled The Path inside the gate and left her under the pergola today so I could keep my eye on her. The bloom will last a tiny bit longer in the filtered light.
Gator Pride also bloomed yesterday. Several times! Each tropical hibiscus has very different growth patterns. I don't know why I never gave you the link for Hidden Valley Hibiscus. I think they ship their lovely hibiscus everywhere. Varieties change constantly so mine may not be available any longer. They're having an Open House at the end of the month. It's a field trip I can wholeheartedly endorse.
Years ago I made the Open House trip. It was about 90 minutes south down interesting 2 lane roads to their nursery out in the boondocks. People. If you live in non-urban areas outside of Southern California you know what real boondocks are. These are not them. But these felt very boondocky to me on that late spring day. I even got lost which made the outing more special.
I started reading Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk. He lives in the neighborhood of Cihangir where our rental apartment is located. In between making doe eyes at the hibiscus I read outside most of the afternoon.
The writing is beautiful and there are pictures. Pictures!
Happy Sunday evening. From my outpost here in LA to wherever in the world you happen to be.