Sunkist Blooms

Monday, September 27, 2010

My orange hibiscus has finally bursted its first flower. Earlier I sheared the branches as the plant was heavily infested with mealy bugs. Now it is just a short shrub. The plant was propagated from stem cuttings I asked from a stranger (see my earlier post).



One thing that I like about this hibiscus is that the colour changes by the hour. I like the orange shade best when the sun is shinning brightly in the afternoon. That's when the colour looks pastel.


I am seeing more and more Chinese hatplant blossoms already! I have been re-constructing its look a number of times. Now I have erected an upside down 'A' system using bamboo sticks (flat like an espalier) for the vines to grow. The plant seems to like this system better.



Gaillardia is my one of the latest additions to my garden. The petals do not hold up well to the heavy rain but love the sun.



Caught a bee (not sure if they are two?) in my portulaca flower...



Petite gerbera has been constantly blooming her cheerful flower...



Have a great day and enjoy the blooms that are in your garden!

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22 comments

  1. Such a lovely Hibiscus. All the colors of your flowers today are HOT! I like it.

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  2. That's a gorgeous colour on the Hibiscus. The main reason I grow the old rosa-sinensis variety and the Snowflake and Roseflake varieties now is the fact that they don't get infested with mealybugs like the newer varieties. Unfortunately though the varieties I grow only get red flowers ... no lovely colours like yours!

    Love that Chinese Hatplant ... that's a new plant for me. What interesting blooms!

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  3. Beautiful oranges, Steph! Viewing these vibrant blooms have left me feeling so sunny and cheerful. : )

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  4. It's a wet and gloomy morning today. I got wet trying to walk my dogs. Your flowers have just brighten up my day! Thank you.

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  5. Stephanie! I just love your 'orange' garden! LOL! Honestly, I do! Orange is one of my favourite colors. And your hibiscus, gorgeous!

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  6. Lovely flowers. Definitely a sight for sore eyes!

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  7. love the orange hibiscus-quite rare isn't it?

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  8. Funny, for the first time I believe, we havfe the same flowers in ours gardens. Gaillarda is represented here as well. One of my favourites:) Your Hibiscus has a lovely colour, happy for yuo it turned out so nice :)
    Enjoy!

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  9. Beautiful! Love the hot hibiscus, and the gaillardias too!!

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  10. Lovely colours. I don't have that colour with my gaillardias. but I have that colour for gazania which is not blooming at the moment.

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  11. So many beautiful orange shade of flowers! I never have seen the Gaillardia before! They look so pretty!

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  12. Hi Stephanie, you're really getting into orange. I never used to like orange in the garden but now I absolutely crave it. Hibiscus are wonderful the way they let you cut them back. Great method to get rid of the bugs - direct action! cheers, catmint

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  13. Lovely, splendid shades of orange!

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  14. Love gaillardia(blanket flower). Blooms all summer, and on and on until frost. Yours are beautiful. http://windowontheprairie.com/ Suzanne

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  15. I've been commenting here last time, but the word for verification didn't appear despite several trials, so i try again. I told you then "congratulations" for successfully getting rid of the mealy bugs.

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  16. Hi Steph, you always have something pretty blooming in your garden. These colours are lovely! Love that hibiscus! Good shot of the bee on the portulaca. Your garden seems to be full with cheer:)

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  17. So beautiful!!! I love the orange colours... makes the garden so bright and cheery :)

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  18. Thanks Bernie for sharing what you discovered about hibiscus hybrids. It's new to me!

    foodbin, I couldn't find it in nurseries. So, asked for a cutting ;-)

    Malay-kadazan girl, hope your gazania will bloom soon.

    Mia, no wonder the flower looked familiar. I probably seen it from your blog.

    Thanks all for your comments on these orangy blooms. Glad to know that you find them cheery and bright :-D

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  19. Hi Steph. I noticed that about certain Hibiscus plants too - how the flowers change color throughout the day. Fascinating.

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  20. Lovely flowers, the colors are also beautiful!

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  21. Beautiful orange-coloured flowers you have there Steph!

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  22. A very pretty orange collection in your garden. I think orange is the colour for the tropical garden. I love it when the orange coloured blooms peek through the foliage.

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