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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Rose of Sharon Blossoms And An Unknown

After a morning rain shower on Tuesday, I went out to take some photos of our Rose of Sharon blossoms.

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Then I found this little surprise among the back yard bushes:
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This tiny little flower was no bigger than the tip of my little finger.


12 comments:

  1. love the tight bud shot. the bottom bloom reminds me of shooting star flower.

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  2. What I know about flowers you can fit into a thimble, but your flowers sure are pretty.

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  3. Gorgeous, Linda... I love Rose of Sharon ---and they are even prettier with raindrops on them...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. Linda, I like the water on the flowers and leaves, it really enhances their look and makes them even more interesting. My favourite is the second picture. BTW, I've never heard the name "Rose of Sharon" but the flowers reminded me of Hibiscus so I checked it out and found out that this should be just another name for the hibiscus, is that right? I have a pink one in the garden but this year late frost came when its leaves were just opening and it seems that the frost burnt them as they are dry and the shrub looks dead. I wanted to replant it but now I'm not quite sure what to do...

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    1. Hi, Petra. I’m not very knowledgeable at all about flowers; and, until you brought this up, it never occurred to me that Rose of Sharon was related to Hibiscus. I did a little browsing on the internet, though, and it seems that you are absolutely correct.

      Our Rose of Sharon blooms are about the size of a human hand, with a petal pattern similar to that of a rose. I’ve always thought of Hibiscus blooms as being about the size of a dinner plate, with just an outer row of petals. According to the internet, though, both are in the Hibiscus family. There must be many varieties, accounting for the differences in appearance.

      Thanks for educating me. :)

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    2. You're welcome :)

      It's true, there are many varieties of the Hibiscus species. The one I have in the garden has quite small flowers - smaller than my palm - but the plants grown inside have a bit bigger ones.

      If you were interested, you could come to my blog, scroll down to the labels section and click on the hibiscus label, you'd find two posts there with my photos of hibiscus. Best regards :)

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    3. I did go to your Hibiscus posts, and you're right...that one flower looks very much like our Rose of Sharon. But it's a different color than I've ever seen on a Rose of Sharon bush. I learn so much from my fellow bloggers. :)

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  5. So that's a Rose of Sharon! I've never seen one, but now when I see the name I always think of the character by the same name in The Grapes of Wrath.

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  6. Very nice, Linda. I've been pleasantly surprised a few times this summer simply by poking around my admittedly-overgrown yard and discovering something blooming I had no idea was there. It's like finding an overlooked Christmas present hiding under the discarded wrap.

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  7. Love the Rose of Sharon. The Flowers are beautiful. That little one,I have seen and if memory serves me right it is related to the plato plant.
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  8. Ahh my first thought was that they looked like my dad's hibiscus plants of years gone by. I'm glad I read through the comments. Your photos are lovely. You can't beat post-rain to add a wonderful element to flower images.

    The little purple and yellow flowers are growing wild around here also. I've photographed them a few times but they never appear to convey just how tiny they are. I suppose if I held it.. :)

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  9. Enjoyed the pictures and the comments too! They were very educational. :)

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