Sunday, October 5, 2008

Autumnal updates


It's hard to believe in out zone 4 1/2 area we can grow a southern belle like this hibiscus. She blooms mid September, and here we are in Oct......still enjoying lots of blooms. The days are getting shorter, and I think tomorrow ( monday) we'll be picking for a frost. 
But, our greenhouse is full of onions and shallots, and we still have plantings of broccoli and lettuce to come. 

3 comments:

Cathy said...

Is that hibiscus growing outside? Do you bring it in and out so it doesn't get frozen in the winter??? It's beautiful and I had no idea that we could grow these here??

Marjorie Susman said...

Yes, it actually grows outside. in the ground. We've had it growing here for probably 4 years. When we first put it in it was on a lark. it was pretty, but never in our wildest dreams did we think it would actually survive. It totally dies back in the winter, and late in the spring , just as we give up hope that it'll ever grow... up come shoots. It's really gotten huge this year... I bet it had over 20 huge crepe like flowers on it.
It does grow in a sheltered spot... on the west side of our house . The beauty of it being there is that it's just outside the front door, so every morning when I walk down stairs, there it is greeting me.

izzy said...

hey marg! i studied hipiscus at school. coolio right.