Do you know a plant collector? Or maybe, you are one. That is the classification I fit into as a gardener. It’s exciting to try new plants for the first time. I’m always thrilled when they live and seem to be happy in my yard.
Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) have always fascinated me. I always planned to get one. There were some last year at our Garden Club’s plant sale, so I grabbed one. Now in the heat it is blooming and blooming.
One of the best things about the hardy Hibiscus is that it will return in early summer after dying in the winter. So it’s carefree. A tropical Hibiscus, on the other hand, has to be hauled into a green house for the winter.
There were always old fashioned tall Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) in my grandmother’s garden. I don’t know why this is the first time I’ve planted one. This one was purchased at the Lady Bird Johnson Center spring sale of Texas natives.
Hollyhocks love full sun and can grow to be 8 feet tall. With their large leaves, they occupy more space than I expected. Since they reseed, eventually these will be too crowded. More poor planning on my part.
The Hardy Hibiscus and the Hollyhock grow side by side. It’s amazing how much their red blooms look alike.
Whenever I see lindheimeri in the botanical name of a plant, I picture the Texas botanist who discovered and cataloged so many plants. He would go on foraying trips and bring back all these samples. His wife would help him dry them and place them in paper to preserve them. And paper was a valuable commodity at that time.
The variety of flowering plants that will grow in this area alone is staggering.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrows, but only saps today of its strength.” A. J. Cronin