Monday, August 09, 2010

Variegated Tropical Hibiscus

Variegated Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Snow Queen'
(hi-BIS-kus) (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis)

Since everyone seems to post their Ruby Tuesday on Monday I thought I would too. This variegated version of Hibiscus was living in Manhattan. The heavily white splashed foliage was a nice foil to reddish flowers. It is said that with the leaves change color as they age but I didn’t notice that. I did notice that each leaf had its own pattern of white. The amount of variegation can change with the amount of light intensity. This really should be the perfect summer for tropicals as it has been exceptionally hot. We have been watering all our container plants almost every day and some of them still seem a little stressed out.

It doesn’t look like there is any relief on the weather front for this week so that means a lot more dragging of hoses. The irrigation systems are barely keeping up with watering and the system at the Estate has been running pretty much 24 hours a day. You can really see any problems with the systems right now. If the heads are not delivering enough water it shows up quick. The dry line along the edge of the beds and woods is very apparent right now too.

To check out everything red go to:
Work of the Poet/ Ruby Tuesday.


Carletta said...

Hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers. I love how their petals are as soft looking as old-fashioned petticoats.
Pretty shot! Love the butterfly bush below.
It's supposed to be terribly hot here this week too.
Stay cool.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

most lovely red hibiscus so clear

reg said...

what a fantastic shot of this amazingly beautiful Hibiscus

SandyCarlson said...

You make her look polite!

joey said...

Unusual hibiscus. Have never seen this one, Chris. Happy August :)