Hibiscus syriacus...Red Althea
I have wanted more blooming shrubs in the woods. I already planted a Crabapple, Redbud, Lilac, Korean Spice Viburnum, and various vines and plants. Every fall I scatter more wildflower seeds.I really enjoy seeing the woods in bloom from the house and now I'm paying attention to colors that show up from a long distance. Keeping this in mind, I went shopping. I bought these three varieties. I already have a Redbud, but since it is my favorite tree...I wanted to put one on the opposite side of the woods. My little tree is just about to open. I had a Red Althea years ago. We called it a Rose of Sharon. Big hollyhock type flowers.. tissue paper thin...so pretty. I remember a Mock Orange, when I was growing up in Sunset Park. It was outside our window and filled the house with it's perfume. I think that we sometimes plant things that we remember from our past. I know that I do.
Our Azalea is full of plump buds right now. It is a pinky red color and is planted close to the house. A couple of years ago we noticed that it was heaving out of the ground. It had never really amounted to much, but we wanted to give it a second chance. Joe replanted it...setting it in deeper and that made all the difference in the world. It has really taken off. Hopefully the cold night ahead won't harm this beauty. I just went out and covered it. It's the only plant in our yard that I covered, but every year it gets hit with frost and is spoiled. I think that we should pay attention to our changing weather, when we buy shrubs for our yards. I used to say that I wanted nothing fussy in my yard...nothing that would need special care. Since growing older...I have changed. I have more time to fuss with plants and really don't mind the extra attention some of them require. Roses in particular. I would love a garden full of Roses...they always catch my eye. In the house....Orchids, I just have to study them to find out how to treat them. I hope to get these new shrubs in the ground tomorrow. The spring rains will keep them watered. Next year...we may have something new to watch.