Thursday, August 16, 2012
Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Turn of the Century’
Synonyms: Swamp Mallow, Rose Mallow
The hardy Hibiscus seems to be having a good season and are always a welcome sight this time of year. This one has a little extra coloring in the flowers and has been a stalwart in the garden for several years. I recommend these plants for gardeners that want a little tropical flair in their gardens. It almost always elicits a “what the heck is that?” type of statement from people.
As most readers here know I am a guitar player and the other day I decided to break out and restring two guitars that hadn’t seen the light of day for a couple of years. I bought them as a super package deal I the early 90’s from a dealer here in town that was going out of business. They were super cheap and have proved to be good instruments. Without getting too technical they have a different pickup type then the guitars I usually play (humbuckers vs. single coils). They are fun to play and are a knock off version of the venerable Gibson Les Paul model. As a matter of fact they were produced in the same factory in Korea as the lower priced Epiphone (owned by Gibson) Les Paul models. The orange one did see a lot of gigging time when I was playing with Johnny’s Last Chance and stood up to professional use. Both of these guitars have had the electronics upgraded. The sunburst one has a nice flame maple top and the finish seems to glow nicely under the right type of stage lighting.