Cold Front moving into the state - so I went shopping! (2 pics)
I turned on my weather radio this morning to see what the forecast was to be for today. Scattered Thunderstorms through my area this afternoon and tonight. It may get nasty, but I am okay with that. We need the moisture. The next several days it is supposed to drop into the 60s at night - that's 20 degrees cooler! The day temps will be about the same, but having cool nights will be marvelous.
So, while it seemed likely to rain and cool down a bit, I decided today might be a good day to drive that 25 miles into town and do my monthly grocery shopping. Of course when I got there I had to visit the garden center. The hot winds had damaged so many of their plants. They were fried and wind blown. Several pots were overturned. I looked through the rows and rows of scorched, parched plants. Nothing special or "cottagey". I was hoping to find a few pots of Maiden Grass to add to the garden. I love the look they contributes, but they were too damaged for me to pay that price. They looked ready for the compost! Then I found a beautiful orange Tropical Hibiscus. The pot was all dried out and the plant looked it too, but it had the prettiest orange bloom. So, it went into my cart. Orange is one color my garden needs. I LOVE orange flowers. Of course, it will have to be taken in this Fall. I have a beautiful emerald green glazed pot for it.
The bloom looks very much like a Carnation, except a bit looser in form. Each orange petal has ruffled edges with a base of magenta. It is about the same size as a Carnation too.
When I got home from shopping and put everything away, I put the plant in a bucket of cold water and set it in the shade. It was so dried out that the pot floated. I had to hold it down for several minutes until it soaked up enough water that the pot would rest on the bottom. Poor thing!
After it gets a good soaking, I will pot it up in a nice big pot in good soil. Wish I knew what variety it is so I would know how big it will get. If anyone on here knows, please tell me.
I took this one to show the size of the bloom in comparison to my hand. I think it is maller than my other Tropical Hibiscus. The plant itself is taller though.
So if you know her name, let me know, okay?
I hope we get a good soaking rain out of this cold front. I will be so thankful to get a break in the heat wave, if we actually do get one, even if it is just the night temps that will be cooler. I'll take it!
This evening if it isn't storming, I will plant the Tropical Hibiscus in the green pot and set it out in the garden.