Friday, June 20, 2008

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...

I bought this variegated hibiscus several months ago and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of its mystery blooms.

I had no idea what color they would be, but I fell in love with the beautiful foliage. It's in the corner of the Day Lily bed, which will soon be full of many different colors, so I figured it would go with anything.

And three of the lilies are about to bloom - I think they will be the lemon-yellow ones - yummy!
Wow. I was floored this morning when I walked outside and found that my Saucer hibiscus had produced not one, but two, beautiful blooms.
The deer will most certainly eat them, as this was a last summer experiment that proved that eat even our native hibiscus varieties, not just the tropical ones. So, I rushed in to get the camera and show you!
We've had a phenomenal heat wave here - 15 days over 100 degrees already and it isn't even Summer yet. But today we got a break. Cloud cover and a few sprinkles came on the edge of a front. (The real rain missed us -- again.) And it was 86 when I went out a little while ago. What a relief.

We're sending prayers to our neighbors in the Midwest who are suffering in the rain and the floods. Our family up there had some flooding in their business and had to move horses from the barn to higher ground, but mercifully it didn't last too long and the clean up is manageable so far.

8 comments:

Cindy said...

I'm so glad to hear that Austin got a break in the heat. It's pretty sad when Austin is a more miserable place to be than Houston!

Those Saucer hibiscus blooms are lovely. I hope you'll get to enjoy them as long as possible!

Diana said...

Cindy - you're right - the weather world has turned on its ear! And I will certainly enjoy the hibiscus blooms on my blog no matter who eats them - thanks!

Stephanie said...

they look good

Lisa at Greenbow said...

So glad you have had a break in the weather Diana. Just hearing about three digit heat makes me miserable. I thought it was bad having 90's for a good ten days. We have had a lovely day here today. Nice and cool with an inch of rain. Wonderful.

Diana said...

Stephanie -- thanks! I can't imagine what things are going to look like in two more months, so I am loving them now.

Lisa - oh - I sure wish we could take some of that rain.

Pam/Digging said...

Friday's cooler temps were such a relief after a month of 100 degrees! I'm glad you got out to enjoy it too. Lovely hibiscus.

Nicole said...

Your variegated hibiscus is one of the old fashioned types, I have several plants. They are really easy and can pump out blooms daily. Easy to propagate by cuttings, too-that;s how i got all mine.

Diana said...

Pam - thanks - it is so pretty. I try to incorporate variegated leaves when I can - they add such interest and texture.

Nicole - thanks for the heads up - I might have to try to take some cuttings. I'd love to have a few more of these hibiscus.