Hibiscus

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A Hibiscus bud with a luscious drop of rain water on its tip.  The other bud is showing just a peek of color.

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This is a hardy Hibiscus that was a pass-along plant.  It opens to the size of a dessert plate and displays several colors of pink.  This Hibiscus makes seeds that easily germinate and then the plant disappears in the winter and returns in spring to begin its cycle again.

 


Field of Dreams

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OK, maybe just a bed of dreams.  Dreams of the spring and summer to come. All the plants have been cut back to prepare for new growth.  In the Automatic Garden, most of the plants are re-emerging from their roots and their seeds, that were dropped in Autumn, are beginning to germinate.  It is hard to believe that in a short time, the bed will be so full that the stepping stones will be covered.  And best of all, the weeds won’t be seen!

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Cone Flowers that got a head start from the warm rocks.

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The Mexican Hat will completely fill in and cover the cut stems.

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A mixture of self-sowing and collected seeds.  There is sure to be some “surprises” in the mix.

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Butterfly Weed will be ready for the spring migration of the Monarch butterfly.

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Dutchman Pipe Vine  will soon cover the support.

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Nasturtium from new and collected seeds.

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Mealy Blue Sage comes up from roots and self-sows.

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Shrimp plant easily roots from a stem touching the ground.

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Black Eyed Susan that is a prolific reseeder.