Urban Jungle Nursery

       

Urban Jungle Nursery
Ringland Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR85BG
London Road, Weston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT

       

Hibiscus
05 July 2014 - by Lizzy Browne

If I were to confess to being guilty of a deadly sin it would be Avarice.  Wrath? - I guess I sometimes get a bit miffed with the weather. Sloth? - I just  don’t have the time. Pride? - Maybe a little, but Avarice would surely be my  fall from grace. Every year I lust after new and exciting plants (whoops, that’s  another sin), that I simply must have/can’t live without. The wanting never  stops. This year, at last, we have available one of my long coveted acquisitions  for Urban Jungle - hardy Hibiscus moscheutos. Can there be a more exotic flower  than Hibiscus? Even the name conjures up the allure of the tropics. Hibiscus  moscheutos ‘Fireball’ has 30cm (yes 30cm!!!), deep red flowers with lovely, cut  leaves, growing to 1.2m. ‘Robert Fleming’ is shorter growing, with dark green,  hydrangea-like leaves and black flower buds opening to huge wine red  flowers.

‘Kopper King’ has deeply cut, bronze foliage and a colossal pink flower with  wine red centre, streaking outward towards the edges of the petals. Our plants,  which we grew from babies, are just beginning to flower! The first black bud of  ‘Robert Fleming’ is about to break open. Will post a picture of the flower as  soon as it does, but it won’t be until we get one of those illusive, rare sunny  days. Hibiscus love a deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil and a sunny  position in the garden and their flowers won’t open on dull days.
By the way  the way, if you don’t know, or have forgotten, the 7 deadly sins  are
Wrath
Avarice
Sloth
Pride
Lust 
Envy
Gluttony

          
What’s yours?

 
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