5.8.11

Freaking floriferous! (Yes, I admit, Rose of Sharons look nice right now)



Someone in Toronto loves her Rose of Sharon right now!



Hibiscus syriacus lavender chiffon Rose of Sharon shrub loaded with blooms by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
This is why we grow it (for 2 weeks a year)!
I worked at D's garden today and was astounded to see her Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) in full bloom. This is a double flowering variety called "Lavender Chiffon" and the shrub is absolutely loaded with flowers. You may not see it clearly but I "trussed" up the stems to prevent the top-heavy shrub from sprawling and to try to achieve a pseudo-standard look. Not exactly a Horticulture 101 best practice but the client is happy.

Bees were everywhere which will mean hundreds of seedlings next spring. It's a small price to pay for such fleeting beauty.





Hibiscus syriacus lavender chiffon Rose of Sharon flower detail by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Detail of "Lavender Chiffon" Rose of Sharon flower
I took several closeups of the different (to me) double flower type and this one seems a good example. Like the perennial Hibiscus or rosemallow, the petals have that crepe or chiffon texture.

D. found several "shiny metallic-green bugs" congregating and damaging a few flowers so I quickly introduced her to the Japanese beetle and gave her advice of disposing them between her fingers or under foot. 

Who has time for soapy water for these devils?

By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"
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