Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Hibiscus.



Some call them Hibiscus, but here we call them Altea.

I've always liked Alteas, they're easy to grow and continue flowering for months; just my cup of tea. Also, if left to their own devices they grow into very large bushes.


This white one (above) is an offspring of a beautiful 'double flowered' example from a friend's garden. I was given seeds on several occasions,  but they always reverted to 'singles'. They are beautiful anyway.


I think I have five different colours; all nice in their own way. I couldn't photograph the blue one, it was too high-up.


I'd like to find a deep red one (I have an obsession with deep red flowers), but I'm not sure if such a thing exists.

I might go on an Altea hunt.





38 comments:

  1. If you get a cutting from your friend's double flowered one it should take easily. They are all lovely.

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    1. She gave me seeds. She's now sold the house, so I'll have to look elsewhere.

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  2. I believe you will only find red in the tropical variety of hibiscus which is the true hibiscus. Sooner or later some grower will develop a red altea so don't give up the hunt.

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    1. I suppose a deep red Camellia would be the nearest equivalent.

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  3. I have deep red hibiscus here, the only one. I also like them a lot.

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    1. Ah, you give me hope. I must visit my garden centre.

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  4. so pretty Cro ..... I love the white one and I actually prefer it single ..... I often think that the double flowers are a bit blousey but that's just me !!! I think that there are red ones as there are lots of images if you google it ..... you just need to do a bit of research !! XXXX

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    1. It is nice, but the double white one was quite spectacular. I'll google them now.

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    2. Gosh; I see what you mean. That's exactly what I'm looking for.

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  5. The white one is lovely. I drink carcadè which is hibiscus tea.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. They're all very nice this year, they seem to have excelled.

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  6. Better than going on a fox hunt anyway.

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  7. Hibiscus is used to give colour to many fruit/herb tisanes....must be the red flowered variety. Lovely flowers

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  8. It could almost be mistaken for a giant weed with attractive flowers.

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    1. Everything started as a 'weed', but was tamed.

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  9. We planted hibiscus (from seed) all around the potager to make a hedge but had to chop some of it down because it gave too much shade. The flowers are nice floating in water for table decoration.

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    1. I planted Lavatera around Haddock's, and it went crazy. I had to hack it back.

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  10. If you take a look at Lynnes blog { Irishgardenhouse.blogspot.co.uk } what is the first photograph to greet you ? A beautiful red hibiscus !!! XXXX

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  11. I love tropical hibiscus. They do well here in the summer, and hummingbirds love them.

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    1. If only we had the Hummingbirds as well.

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  12. Paris yet again. A car deliberately rams a group of soldiers on terrorist prevention duty and drives away leaving half a dozen injured, some seriously. Authorities don't know the motive. Ah well, maybe they think he mistook the accelerator for the brake.

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    1. They are making very little of it here so far, but I think we all know the motive!

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  13. Yes, we call them hibiscus. Very easy to grow and put on such a good display.

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    1. Mine have been especially good this year.

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  14. Your's are beautiful, Cro. They are easy to grow and add (with little work) so much color to a garden. I have quite a few varieties and up to two years ago, had a deep red one. It was planted in the wrong place so it had to go.

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    1. I have seen bushes around here growing to about 12-15 ft high. Mine are all kept to about 4 ft. I can't cope with roses, so they replace them.

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  15. I have a deep red rose, its so red its almost black

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    1. I'm always on the look-out for such things. I point them out when I'm in the car. "There's one; that's what I'm after".

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  16. Love these flowers. We have the sort of red-orange variety here. The two-toned ones are lovely. I have not seen them in my neck of the woods.

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    1. I know the colour you mean; probably a bigger flower than mine.

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  17. We must take them in in the winter, although I pass a huge pink bush that obviously doesn't go in at frost.

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    1. Ours don't seem to be affected, and here it regularly goes down to -5 C.

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