Saturday, 2 April 2011

Confessions of a hibiscus hunter!

Hibiscus "Millenium Superstar" at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota
I have to hold my hand up and confess that yesterday's post was an April Fool joke and I'd digitally altered all the blooms on my blog, to give them different colours and made up their names! But today's pictures are all genuine and were taken at the Marie Selby Botanical Garden here in Sarasota earlier this week.
The colours here are real and show some of the unusual variegated hibiscus on display at the gardens, which is one of my favourites here in Florida, along with Bok Tower and The Kampong. But I also have to confess that I only found a name for the top flower and am unable to tell you the names of these two. So it just means I'll have to make another trip back to Marie Selby to find out!
I'm also happy to tell you that I've been featured in Horticulture's Best Gardening Blogs for 2011 - thank you!

16 comments:

  1. I always fall for all the April Fools gags. At this stage of life, I'm probably never going to wise up, so I guess I'll have to hold out for some kind of "most gullible" award! -Jean

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  2. Congratulations on the Horticulture Best Gardening Blogs award--I would have to agree.

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  3. Congrats!!! I love the sherbet colors of these hibiscus. The one in the top photo looks like it's made out of crepe paper.

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  4. Brilliant! Judging by all the comments, you caught quite a few. Congratulations on your award, it's definitely well deserved - your photo's are always fantastic.

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  5. "Morning Vampire" should have given it away ... but I was fooled.

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  6. I would also like to congratulate you on your well deserved award. Two plants that I would love to have in my garden, the first is Bougainvillea and a close second is Hibiscus. These are beautiful ones you have shown us today.

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  7. Lived in Miami from 1968-1980
    never saw such beautiful Hibiscus. Love the top one. I also love that Museum in your town..Ringling

    yvonne

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  8. Congratulations on being the chosen one!The first and last hibiscus are really unusual with beautiful colour combinations I havent seen before!

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  9. I must wait for the Rose of Sharon, my hibiscus, to flower in august. Congratulations on the Horticulture award -well deserved.

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  10. Oh, too bad you're going to have to go back to get those name! heehee Congrats on the honor!

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  11. Congratulations on being recognized by Hort magazine. You (and your blog) certainly deserve it. Great photos of the hibiscus - I've never seen some of those colors before!

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  12. This is such a great blog to go to for people who love plants. Congratulations on your award for garden awesomeness.

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  13. what a well deserved award and I loved the joke...

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  14. oh dear you caught me good and solid. congrats on the award.

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  15. Beautiful hibiscus..congrats on being featured!

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  16. congrats on being chosen as one of best garden blogs. Well deserved. Unusual colours and extra crinkly petals on the hibisucs.

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