Daily Archives: April 6, 2015
Hibiscus! Hydrangeas! Gardenias! And more!
I went by the country market this past weekend after I saw signs that the greenhouse was filling with flowers! The colorful view was in stark contrast with the snowy scenes of March, the empty spaces of February, and the seasonal remnants of January. Spring has sprung.
While I am enamored of flowering plants and lush greenery, I do not have the proverbial green thumb needed to grow a beautiful garden. As I shared this with the store gardening expert, she guided me toward the less thirsty plants. But, she soon realized that my interest was in admiring the vibrant colors and beauty of the flowers.
The attendant even brought out a bright pink hydrangea plant that she thought I might want to take a picture of when she noticed that I was taking photos of the purple variety. She made sure that I was aware of the fragrant gardenia flower. She shared gardening tips that would help plants thrive if I decided to take a chance on filling my yard with flowers.
Truth be told, I was only in the market for an easy-to-care-for plant that might be a draw for hummingbirds. The answer seems to be the braided hibiscus plant called a Painted Lady Hibiscus! It stands up more like a tree but doesn’t get any taller than the ones in the store. I understand the plant needs a lot of water, sunlight and warm temperatures since it is a tropical plant. Being me, I decided to think it over.
The thought of my hummingbirds around the hibiscus when they arrive is on my mind. I think I’ll be back at the market this weekend!
This is my fourth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.