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Show Off A Banana

Posted by Jake on 21 October, 2009

006This Banana has been a fast grower and is unique in the way it holds up it’s leaves. I will tell you what kind it is when I find out.

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7 Months To Bloom

Posted by Jake on 11 October, 2009

It took 7 months for my single flower Hibiscus to start blooming. It really took a hit from last year’s 23 degree knockdown to the ground. The double flower one has been blooming frequently since June. The single plant is now blooming like crazy, just really wish it was faster to come back.

Single Flowered Hibiscus

Single Flowered Hibiscus

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Hibiscus cannabinus

Posted by Jake on 8 October, 2009

I finally was able to get a picture of my Hibiscus cannabinus blooms. They are gorgeous and well worth the wait until October to see them bloom. I hopefully will have seed to share with you assuming the seed pods form and ripen before December; I am now moving sooner, before Christmas.

The blooms in the picture’s below have spots on them that are not normally there. I believe it may have rained yesterday morning before I took the pictures.

Hibiscus cannabinus

Hibiscus cannabinus

Upclose Hibiscus cannabinus Flower

Upclose Hibiscus cannabinus Flower

Another Bloom

Another Bloom

 
The Hibiscus cannabinus is often misidentified as hemp, in fact it’s common name is Brown Indian Hemp. You can see my plant’s have gotten huge and that is because I didn’t know how to care for them. You can let them grow out like that or you can cut them back. In order to bloom you should probably quit cutting them back in August. The result should be a better compact plant that is not as susceptible to wind and rain damage.
 
Hibiscus cannabinus can be grown to zone 6 and does come in other color’s besides purple. I fyou are a Hibiscus fan you wil defintley fall in love with this plant.

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Back and With News

Posted by Jake on 4 October, 2009

Apparently the Hibiscus cannabinus has a calander and tell it is October, because on September 30th the plant started to bloom. I will not be posting a picture in this post because there haven’t been any blooms close to me or even in my yard. The plant now towers and leans over the back fence and my neighbor’s are getting to enjoy the beautifl blooms. As soon as it blooms in an easy picture taken part of th plant I will give you that picture. I will however give you some picture’s of close-up blooms.

Plumbago Blooms

Plumbago Blooms

I had a good break from writing and feel that it was needed. The Florida heat was getting to me and I was burnt out on writing. It was seeming more like work then for my enjoyment and yours and that is when I knew I needed to take a break. But, here I am about a month later and ready to write and share with you my autumn, winter and spring.

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Okay, I guess I now need to tell you about my news. I will be moving back to Lexington, Kentucky next June. I for one am excited and looking forward to it. I haven’t been the happiest in Florida and obviously no fan of the climate as well, so I see this has a great oppurtunity. I am happy to tell you that you all will never hear from me again come June because I want you to see my yard in Kentucky. That means the start of a new blog, but that is okay.
I also now have  Red and White Texas Star Hibiscus seeds available for free until October 30th. Please email me at NEFP@rocketmail.com and put “Seeds” in the subject.
Have A Great Day,
Jake

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