My Hibiscus, A Photo Gallery of my Favorite Flower

Beautiful full bloom just after it rained
Beautiful full bloom just after it rained | Source

My Hibiscus Plant

One of my all time favorite flowers is the Hibiscus. I remember when I was in sixth grade we moved to Hawaii and we had a Hibiscus Plant in our backyard. The one we had looked more like a shrub than a plant. It was huge and had tons of blossoms on it all of the time. This is where my love for the Hibiscus began. Hawaii was my favorite place to live and the Hibiscus gives me a reminder of my favorite time of life and where I considered my 'home' to be.

I have only had two Hibiscus plants since in my adult life. My first one I purchased for my job, a marina, when I was in Virginia. We had a huge planter and nothing to go in it. So while I was at Home Depot one day I came across what was called a "Japenese Hibiscus," that's what the tage said on it. I don't think it was one though because the blooms had huge petals and from my research Japenese Hibiscus have narrow petals and appearing spider like. This plant had a dark magenta center gradiating to a vert pale pink on the edges of the bloom. I wish I had a photo of this Hibiscus plant. I unfortunately never took a picture of it. I really regret not taking any shots of its beauty. I would've loved to share it with everyone. In a way I guess I do, I still hear stories from my former boss of customers raving over it's beautiful blooms today.

When I moved into my house in Georgia, I decided to get another Hibiscus. I searched high and low for another just like my first one but was unsuccessful in my new area. I could only find Hibiscus with red blooms that were cut into topiaries. I guess you could call this the "Standard Hibiscus." It's the one that comes to mind when someone first thinks of a Hibiscus. So, I decided to pick one up and also bought a big planter to put it in on my porch. Why I never thought to take pictures again is beyond me. I really wish I would have while it looked like a two ball topiary. It was really pretty in its orginal shape.

Over the next few months, I started noticing fewer and fewer blooms. Then I noticed daily the plant leaves looked "sad." They were droopy and drying out. I began drowning the planter in water everyday and every morning the soil would be dry as a bone. I began wondering if the planter was too small. Could the plant have grown that much in just a few months?


My learning experience...

The plant finally stopped blooming, it lost it's topiary shape, and was starting to look like a mini shrub. I had to do something and the only thing that came to mind is that it needed more space. I had a perfect empty spot in my back yard for it on top of a hill. I dug a huge hole, soaked the area with water, added some fresh soil, and plopped my plant in. I drowned the plant in water everyday.

At first I thought I made a big mistake, nothing happened and the plant didn't change or look any different. Then one morning, about 2 weeks later, I was looking out of my kitchen window and saw a huge red bloom on top. It was a success! My Hibiscus took to it's new home and was coming back to life. I continue to water it every morning, unless it rains. My hibiscus is on it's way to becoming a bush now. I'm so glad I didn't give up.


Full of life and full of blooms
Full of life and full of blooms | Source

Now I share my beauty

I love the location of my plant, I see it every day from my kitchen window. And this time around I've been taking several pictures to show off it's beauty. I always loved photography and this has become my new favorite subject. I have taken several pictures of my awesome plants' blooms. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. One day we even had a little visitor. You'll have to view the pictures to see who it was.

Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know what you think of my Hibiscus gallery.

Photos of my Hibiscus Plant, in stages.

New growth
New growth | Source
I want to grow up and be just like you
I want to grow up and be just like you | Source
and in a few more hours, I will be.
and in a few more hours, I will be. | Source
Come on sunshine!
Come on sunshine! | Source
Starting to open up..
Starting to open up.. | Source
getting there..
getting there.. | Source
a little more now..
a little more now.. | Source
Ahhh, finally! A big full beatiful bloom.
Ahhh, finally! A big full beatiful bloom. | Source
the next morning after the rain... The blooms only last a day. But more are constantly coming.
the next morning after the rain... The blooms only last a day. But more are constantly coming.

After the rain

Full bloom following a morning shower
Full bloom following a morning shower | Source

The visitor

one day I had a visitor stop by admiring the beauty with me.
one day I had a visitor stop by admiring the beauty with me. | Source
The butterfly stuck around for quite some time, I was surprised it wasn't startled by all of my movement.
The butterfly stuck around for quite some time, I was surprised it wasn't startled by all of my movement. | Source
So lucky to have all this beauty captured all in one shot.
So lucky to have all this beauty captured all in one shot. | Source

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Comments 23 comments

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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Moral of the story: Never give up on your Hibiscus? :o) I'm glad it made it. I've killed plenty of plants in my day. Now I just admire them in other people's gardens. :o) Nice hub, voting up.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

What a fabulous hub, a beautiful flower and visitor!

wonderful photos, thank you for sharing.

voting up.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

I live in the northeast in the US and the growing season is over, in fact we had an unusual early snow fall this year. I had just dug up my two Hibiscus plants, one was a 7 foot tree and the other was a bush. I didn't have the room for them this year indoors so I ended up giving them to someone for free, I love using them in my landscape during the warm seasons. If you have room in your house and a sunny spot, the hibiscus will bloom all winter, but they do require a lot of water and sun. Good hub, nice pictures.


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Exactly TToombs08! Trial and error with the plants for me, lol! I've also killed many plants over the years and now have tried paying attention to it and I think I've been catching my problems in time to save it.

Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thank you for taking the time to stop by MovieMaster! I appreciate the comment & vote!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

eddiecarrara, the plant I had in Virginia has came back every year following winter. It has never been brought inside. Of course we never had a brutal winter like you probably have in the Northeast. Do you think that it is likely to make it through a mild Georgia winter? It's so hard to dig up the red clay. If I have to, I will. I do have the perfect spot in front of a sunny window for it, if it has to be inside. Let me know if you happen to catch this comment.

Thank you too for reading! Glad you stopped by!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

Hey stylezink, if it survived Virginia winter it should have no problem in Georgia. We have temps that drop below 0 for days at a time, I think you'll be all set :)


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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

There are so many of these in Mexico. They are beautiful! It's funny, the girls that I vacationed with were talking about them and how hers never came back. I need to share this with her.


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

eddiecarrara, thanks for the info! I hope it does well. I'll keep it there and see what happens it does get plenty of sun where it's at. So I cross my fingers it will be okay.


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

NiaG, I didn't know they had them in Mexico, but then I've never been there to know, lol, They are beautiful. My one in VA always comes back every year but that one was a different species. We'll have to see if this one does. Let your friend know daily waterings and plenty of sun is what they need. They aren't too hard to keep up with if you remember those things. The leaves will usually tell you something is wrong too. I call it my temperamental plant, lol.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

How very Beautiful your Pictures are Stylezink...They are breathtaking with that Butterfly, I am truly Impressed! I have two "Hibiscus Trees" that are planted in 2 Large Pots and so far into November here are the Jersey Shore, they are still Blooming!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I enjoyed this hub very much and the photos of the butterfly on the flower were breathtaking. I love Hibiscus bushes because they are so easy to grow and bloom for such a long time.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

b.Malin, thanks for taking the time to look at my hub, happy to see you enjoyed the pictures. The butterfly was pure luck I couldn't believe it came into the shot.

I have high hopes for my plant this year especially if yours are stilling blooming in NJ. I know its much colder up there. We shall see what happens.

Thanks again!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thanks for stopping by Happyboomernurse. I appreciate your comment and vote! Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, these photos are fabulous! I now love hibiscus more than ever. And gosh.. the colors in these photos really woke me up! Beautiful gallery, stylezink!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thanks you Simone. The hibiscus is a beautiful flower isn't it? You should see all the various colors they come in. There's so many. I think I may add a yellow with a red center next year, if I can get lucky. I'm happy you enjoyed the pictures and took the time to stop by.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

I love Hibiscus too! In fact I'm also planning to put out a Hibiscus hub. However, I haven't finished sorting out my photos. Well, you beat me to coming out with one. However, I don't think we will compete with each other at all. In fact our hubs will most likely complement each other if ever I finish writing it.

Love this!

Rated up and beautiful!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Hi Jill, Thanks for checking my hub out. I can't wait to see your hub and photos. Look forward to checking out your hub soon.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya stylzink, I love hibiscus! I enjoyed reading your hub and the photos are all so beautiful. The yellow butterfly is awesome. Voted up up up! Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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sofs 5 years ago

Stylezink, your love for this flower shines through. Each of your pictures is a gem and I loved each one of them, especially the flower after the shower.. the light and shade is awesome!! Great work!!


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stylezink 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thank you sofs for the compliment. I really appreciate you reading my hub! I do love this hibiscus plant. I'm hoping she'll do well and make it through this winter.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I love hibiscus plants and really enjoyed the story of yours plus the photos. I'm a military brat too(Navy)--could it be that all military brats like hibiscus bushes ????? hmmmmmm just kidding but thanks for a good read and voting this up.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Beautiful photos! I have yellow hibiscus in my garden. I would love to have red hibiscus in my garden. Yours are sooooooo lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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