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It's Back!

Tuesday, 14 Feb 12 Storms 30°C / 86°F

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Well after having to cut my Japanese Lantern Hibiscus almost back to ground level during the pergola repair work, I have finally found a bloom. There are two Hibiscus schizopetalus planted at two of the corners of the pergola and both these climbers were over 2 three metres tall with a spread of around 5 metres. Unfortunately during the cyclone repair work, both had to be cut down when the damaged pergola was removed. It’s taken quite some time for the climbers to throw out new branches and foliage, and now at last, one of them is blooming once more.

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Hibiscus schizopetalus or the Japanese Lantern Hibiscus

Hibiscus schizopetalus

Blooming

First bloom after being cut almost back to the ground.

Courtyard garden

Comments

  • carms

    carms wrote:

    Gorgeous

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks Carms. It’s my all-time favourite Hibiscus.

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rainymountain

    rainymountain wrote:

    That is one lovely flower! I can’t imagine what the whole vine would look like covered with flowers.

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    How beautiful!

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • seeingreen

    seeingreen wrote:

    I’ve never seen anything like that, it’s gorgeous!

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    I had no idea there was such a plant as a “climbing” Hibiscus! I’ve grown Hibiscus before, particularly once in Spain when my mum& one of my brothers came to stay with us for a week. Mum bought me a beautiful red Hibiscus plant when she went to the local open air market.

    This is a really beautiful flower, Bernie! :-))

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    wow this is a beauty!

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    So beautiful. <3

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • HoneyBadger

    HoneyBadger wrote:

    looks fantastic!

    Posted on 16 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks everyone. It is a fantastic looking thing when it’s covered in its dangling flowers, so I’m a little impatient waiting for both the shrubs to be back to their original glory.

    Amarylis, I probably should have used the word ‘sprawling’ rather than ‘climbing’, as the long long pendulous branches just seem to spread and spread over the top of the pergola.

    Posted on 16 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    Wow! I’ve never seen this hibiscus before. Thanks for sharing this and congratulations on your (slowly) recovering garden.

    Posted on 17 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks LillyPilly. I’m pleased that I can now walk around the garden and feel that it looks a lot more like it used to! The long dry season last year meant very slow recovery, but at least almost everything has come back.

    Posted on 17 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    When I googled that hibiscus, the first image I clicked on was your blog. What a heartbreak to see your lovely garden so devastated, and how wonderful to see the recovery. Thank you for introducing me to another new and delightful plant and fingers crossed for no more cyclones for a few years.

    Posted on 19 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    I’ll second that, LillyPilly … well at least no more really nasty highly-rated cyclones anyway. It would be almost unheard of to have no cyclones at all for a few years. We had one go by further north out to sea just a couple of weeks ago, but so far this year so good!

    Posted on 19 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Wow! You have such exotic looking flowers. This one is a beauty! I’m glad it came back.

    Posted on 20 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Flowerweaver, thanks for your comment. This Hibiscus is regarded as an old-fashioned one, and isn’t all that common in gardens anymore. Back in my Grandmother’s day it was a very common sight. I think it should make a come back.

    Posted on 21 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • MissMandragora

    MissMandragora wrote:

    Beautiful!

    Posted on 21 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • TropicanaRoses

    TropicanaRoses wrote:

    Gorgeous.

    Posted on 21 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    I appreciate your comments, thank you MissMandragora and TropicanaRoses.

    Posted on 21 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    How long does it flower? I have few ornamentals in my tiny yard, but that flower is too delicious and I think I have a place it would fit.

    Posted on 22 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    It flowers almost continuously all year round up here LillyPilly.

    Posted on 22 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • tizamis

    tizamis wrote:

    Magnifique!!

    Posted on 16 Mar 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Yes it sure is, Tizamis. It’s definitely eye-catching.

    Posted on 16 Mar 12 (over 2 years ago)

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