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Red Hibiscus bloom.  crazyhorseladycx 2015 all rights reserved.
United States
September 13, 2015 10:45pm CST
How a single bloom can brighten ones day? I’ve been anxiously awaitin’ such from this hibiscus bush fer months. The grasshoppers always seemed to win, chewin’ off the stem jest prior to bein’ graced by such beauty. This particular bush was purchased this year to replace one that I’d had fer nearly 17 years ‘n fer whate’er reason perished. It’ll not be long ‘fore I’ll be haulin’ all my plants in fer winter. The house’ll be filled with various hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, monster boston ferns, fuchsia ‘n whate’er else I can figure a good spot fer. Doin’ such not only saves funds (less plants to purchase next season), but also helps with air quality ‘n most bloom throughout. Nothin’ll make ya smile quicker ‘n wakin’ up on a frosty morn ‘n bein’ greeted by beautiful blooms. Fer those that live where winter truly comes, do ya bring yer plants indoors to save what’cha can? ‘r do ya jest let ‘em perish ‘n buy new the next? © crazyhorseladycx 2015
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
14 Sep 15
That's a lovely hibiscus, it's something I've never grown. I don't bring any plants in, as mine aren't usually in pots. Do they really help with air quality? I seem to remember that they would take all flowers out of hospital rooms at night as it was considered unhealthy. I don't know if they still do that, or if the notion is outdated.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
when the drought hit, all went in pots 'r were lost i fear. these tropicals won't survive here outdoors durin' winter 's well. plants help with air quality actually 'n i've various ivies 'n others to help do the trick. also helps with the humidity level durin' winter months with the woodburner goin'.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Sep 15
I remember feeling that way when I my tulips bloomed for the first time. I was so excited. I really miss having a yard or a patio for plants and flowers.
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• United States
15 Sep 15
bless yer heart, i'd 've to find somethin' that'd grow in an apartment 'n put off a bloom e'ery now 'n then. tulips, hyacinth 'n lots 'f other bulbs do jest grand in such 'n environment 'n don't take up much room.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx I didn't know that you could grow tulips inside. I will have to see if they are toxic to dogs as I now have a little chewer on my hands. I may not be able to get my hands on any tulips now but I will find some next year.
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• United States
17 Sep 15
@simone10 yes ma'am, those 'long with the other bulbs - daffodils, hyacinth, paperwhites, etc. nice thingy is ya can do 'em on a shelf 'r counter. well outta reach 'f a chewin' pup. most 're shallow rooted 's well, so can be grown in more compact pots, which 's an added bonus when space 's a factor. ya might be able to find quite a few varieties this time 'f year fer those that're typically planted in the fall. jest put 'em in the fridge fer a month 'r so 'n then bring 'em out 'n plant 'em. silly bulbs'll not know the diff'rence, lol.
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@sueznewz2 (8721)
• Alicante, Spain
14 Sep 15
That's a nice colour... i've not seen one that colour.... as you know our winter climate is very mild... but we don't 'do' gardening..... lol's we have one plant on our veranda.... an Acer.... which we have had for nearly 8 years.... a record for us.... and even that is looking poorly....
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• United States
15 Sep 15
ya ought'a see it 'fore the bloom opened! a deep red with yellow veins (perhaps i'll get unlazy 'n post it, lol) 'n i was somewhat amazed 't it bein' more akin to a deep coral when fully opened. interestin' frilliness to it 's well. if'n i lived where all that beauty bounded, i'd prolly not fuss o'er all these plants here 's i do. perhaps that acer jest needs a trim 'n a bit 'f tlc? they do like to be fed e'ery now 'n then big
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@sueznewz2 (8721)
• Alicante, Spain
15 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx they grow quite a lot over here hibiscus... we have tried feeding the acer...but we are going to give it to a friend to see if she can bring it back to health.... as for living somewhere where all these beauties abound...I think like me ..you would still appreciate them and want to photograph them.... all... lol's
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@sueznewz2 (8721)
• Alicante, Spain
15 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx I think it may need repotting... but it will be in good hands.... ...
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@Dragonairy1 (1486)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
14 Sep 15
That's a beautiful flower, the only ones I try to keep over winter are my chilli peppers. big hugs x
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• United States
15 Sep 15
thanks, i'm purty darned tickled with it coz i'd nary a clue 's to the color, somebody'd removed the tag - always a surprise, lol. i understand many folks 've not the room to do such (i didn't when all the young'uns were 't home) 'n then some don't wish the fuss 'f such. those suckers drop leaves like made demons (all 'f 'em, hubs swears i've killed 'em e'ery year) when ya first bring 'em in. they fergive me fer disturbin' 'em though 'n in a month 'r so 've filled back out 'n start to bloom 'gain. big
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
16 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx I think my husband would complain if I filled the house with too many plants lol, although I'm tempted to try bringing in my one lonely pea pod plant as well. He might never notice
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• United States
16 Sep 15
@Dragonairy1 wanna know somethin' funny? the hubs here pays no mind to 'em when they're outdoors. 'll walk right past 'em in full bloom 'n not e'en take a moment to witness their beauty. once they're indoors though 'n recover from their poutin' o'er bein' moved, he notices e'ery lil bud 'n waits like a young'un waitin' fer Christmas to get here. he'll swipe my camera in the midst 'f night 'n take lots 'f pic's - marvelin' 't e'ery last bloom.
@LadyDuck (108572)
• Switzerland
14 Sep 15
Wow, your hibiscus is wonderful. Winters are cold here in Switzerland, I have planted one hibiscus outside, but it did not survive, even if I had covered it with special fabric. I have a big gardenia in a vase and I move it inside the greenhouse during winter.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
thanks! i've 5 hibiscus, a yellow, this'un 'n the rest 're peach. nah, they'll not survive temps below 36 regardless from what i've found o'er the years. 've ya tried movin' one into yer greenhouse fer winter? i'm fortunate to 've all these windows 'n bright light durin' winter coz the trees shed their leaves.
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@LadyDuck (108572)
• Switzerland
15 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx Now I keep all those flowers in big vases and I move them in the greenhouse. We go often under 36 in winter.
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• United States
15 Sep 15
@LadyDuck always wanted a greenhouse. had a mini sorta one on the back porch fer some years where i started all my schtuff fer the veggie garden. its now a sunporch 'n entry into the house so i've not the room fer lots sadly. yepperz, gotta keep those tender plants happy so they'll bless us with their beauty!
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• United States
14 Sep 15
We don't really get a true winter here where we live now, so no, I don't bring my flowers/plants in. However I do have indoor plants, which I enjoy.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
yer so fortunate! i've always gotta do lots 'f rearrangin' indoors to get 'em all fit in 'n happy, lol. i've learnt which plants like it where the most 'n thrive through those cold months 'f winter 'n early spring. i'd love to be able to jest 've 'em outdoors always. yepperz, i've many houseplants 's well, those mostly jest green schtuff durin' the summer 's the shade from the trees prohibits the flowerin' kind from doin' well in summer.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx Well, I do like things easy. Besides that, I think my hubby would blow a gasket if I rearranged my whole house just to bring flower/plants in.
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@owstalaga (4201)
• Philippines
5 Oct 15
Well since we don't have winter around here I guess if I lived where there's winter I'd take them indoors to keep them safe. Plants can be some kind of a pet too. I like looking at flower plants. Used to have plants but I left them where I used to live. Nature really has a way to make us feel better. Too bad for city folks who don't know how to appreciate nature though.
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• United States
5 Oct 15
i've some plants i've been haulin' in/out fer nearly 17 years now. they're kinda like family . i reckon that when one's not 'xposed to such they get that way? 'r, some folks who're 'round it all the time ferget to stop fer a sec 'n see all the beauty through new eyes.
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@Shellyann36 (7451)
• United States
20 Sep 15
Flowers always brighten my day. I forgot to tell you that after watching your slide show of your horses I subscribed to you on YouTube and I look forward to watching the rest of your videos.
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• United States
20 Sep 15
don't they though? i love wakin' up to watch 's new blooms slowly unfurl 'n do my best to capture 'em in diff'rent stages when possible. aw, that's mighty kind 'f ya to do such! reckon i ought to get busy 'n throw some more on there. so few folks got to where they'd suffer through such i slacked off.
@divalounger (2206)
• United States
15 Sep 15
Lovely bloom! Glad your bugs didn't get to it!
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• United States
15 Sep 15
aw thanks! i was most delighted 's well, but fear they've already destroyed 2 more that were fixin' to open. i so hope that biological bait i've been feedin' 'em this season takes hold 'n continues through 'til next year. they've been awful the past 2 years. darned grasshoppers...
@suziecat7 (3443)
• Asheville, North Carolina
15 Sep 15
I try to save and over-winter anything I can. I had an impatiens that lived for three years and a now giant geranium lives by a window downstairs. Beautiful hibiscus.
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• United States
15 Sep 15
i had a beautiful impatien i'd haul in 'n out fer nearly 5 years 'fore it jest gave it up. aint bought 'nother sense, darned thingies, lol. mercy, i aint had geraniums in years! my eldest son was highly allergic to 'em so steered clear. nice thingy 'bout those is jest one lil leaf 'n ya got a whole new plant by next spring. thanks, i'm hopin' fer many years 'f these gorgeous blooms from it. ya know, coz i got it off the "oops, we killed it" rack 't lowe's fer a buck
@allknowing (54663)
• India
14 Sep 15
I have a pretty big garden but every leaf gets equal attention. And as you say when I see a bud on a new plant my joy is same as looking at the entire garden.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
they're all so beautiful 'n its magical to watch 'em bloom, regardless 'f how many times i see 'em do it.
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
14 Sep 15
We dont have that harsh winters here at my place. But yes, summers are really tough ones especially for the plants that I have managed to grow and care for on the 10 flowerpots we have on the terrace. During summers, we bring them under that part of the terrace that is shaded.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
yer fortunate to not 've 'em, but i can relate to the heat 's well. not on 's severe a level 's to where yer at though. the winds 'n dryin' heat here can cause some tricky placements 'f plants. 'nother good reason to 've 'em in pots. dependin' on the time 'f year, i've gotta move some 'f these 'round 'r they'd fry in the hot sun 's well.
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@valmnz (12577)
• New Zealand
14 Sep 15
Winter temps here in new Zealand, well my part anyway, are reasonably mild, and so the garden just continues with the season. Some plants die off or go to sleep for the winter, others are in their element.
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• United States
14 Sep 15
i'd be in heaven if'n our winters were such. thankfully i've lots 'f windows on the south side 'f the house (floor to ceilin' 'cross most 'f the back) 'n 've found each plants 'happy place' 'n they dazzle me with blooms all winter long. i've a few buds who're born 'n raised new zealanders 'n they always dazzle me with the beauty that abounds. i've hopes to someday make that journey - witness it all fer myself 'n meet some 'f ya wonderful folks there.
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@SIMPLYD (72899)
• Philippines
14 Sep 15
That hibiscus picture is so beautiful . We also have that here in the Philippines .
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• United States
14 Sep 15
thanks! yer most fortunate to be surrounded by so many beautiful tropical plants. shame is those beautiful blooms don't last longer, aint it?