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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An Obsession

I know I just blogged about Hibiscus blooms last week but I think I am obsessed with them. I just have to share this one with you. In early spring I purchased this Blue River Hibiscus from the Georgia State Botanical Garden. It has been growing happily next to our small pond and we have been enjoying the foliage draping over the water.

The buds began to formed about a month ago and I have anxiously been waiting for them to open. I knew the day was close when the crinkly petals appeared.


This morning two big 10" bloom were there to welcome me.



Look at this stunning snowy white bloom with no eye. Just looking at it makes me feel 10 degrees cooler!


The Blue River Hibiscus was found growing along the Blue River in southern Oklahoma and is so named. It is a delightful addition to my garden.


They bloom for just one day but they are beautiful even as they hang their heads good-bye.

17 comments:

  1. Very pretty Karin. I bet that is beautiful to see over the water in the pond. Lovely big blooms.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Very pretty Karin. I bet that is beautiful to see over the water in the pond. Lovely big blooms.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  3. That is so beautiful, Karin. I like how you showed the various stages of the flower. (I picked up a deep pink hibiscus this year but it didn't have a name tag on it.)
    -Karen

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  4. Hi Karin, There is something so beautiful about a pure white flower. I did not realize that hibiscus bloom for only a single day.

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  5. I love the pure white and have been looking for a native white one for my white garden...so lovely

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  6. Oh how truly beautiful! Just one day? That's one day full of beauty then!

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  7. So true Karin. The Hibiscus looks good, even in decline. Very pretty images, like you, the Blue River gives me a bit of Summer chill. Mine have yet to bud, but I love when they do, so big and white with a throat of pink.

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  8. Love the white blooms on the Hibiscus. We have the native ones along the shoreline that will be blooming soon. They are white with a pink throat. White just pops in the landscape.

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  9. Hibiscus flowers are hard not to love. The first photo looks like a cocoon. In the light box view, the ridges look so delicate.

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  10. I really like white blooms in the garden. I have some blue and pink rose of sharon. I don't think I will plant any more but your post inspired me to find some white flowering plants.

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  11. They're beautiful!! I've considered adding them to my container garden. Are they native to Oklahoma? I thought they were tropical.

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    1. I bought them at the Botanical Garden's Native Plant Symposium so I would think they are native.

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  12. Don't you love it when you discover a new favorite plant! That is truly a beauty, Karin!

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  13. What stunning flowers. Hibiscus seem like such a tropical plant to me, can't imagine having them in the garden.

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  14. Absolutely beautiful Karin !

    I think my son has a couple of these in his yard (way up north here). I had put them on my blog a couple of years back - they look very similar.

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  15. Lovely!!

    I've seen Blue River at the JC Raulston Arb before but didn't know the history behind the name.

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