Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hibiscus, Bird Pepper and a Sunday Drive

I've been wanting to add a specific variety of hibiscus to the garden but I had to do a bit of research to jog my memory as to what it's called.  I knew it had red leaves and pink flowers.  Someone had cuttings for sale a while back but we never did call to arrange to buy some, mainly because it was on Craigslist.  The plant is called False Roselle.  Not to be confused with Roselle (Sabdariffa hibiscus) which I'm already growing.  The lady who had them for sale did have a picture of the red leaved hibiscus but called it Florida Cranberry.  So that's where I got all confused.  Now that I've got that sorted out in my head, I've come to the conclusion that I definitely want some in the yard.  It will be a good way to bring in some color.

I searched the internet to find seeds and found a website that had all sorts of plants for zone 10 - ones you won't find at Home Depot or Lowe's, or even the local nursery! It was a very exciting find.

Here's a link to  Check it out!

I found not only the false roselle seeds, but several different hibiscus, as well as tons of other plants suitable for this region.  I ended up buying a packet of 20 "mixed hibiscus" seeds which does include the false roselle.  I couldn't resist giving these seeds a try.  What a great experiment it will be.  For $3.25 I figured I couldn't go wrong!  It was very hard to hold back on going on an all out buying spree!

Oh, if only money grew on trees!

I also found this bird pepper bush (Capsicum annum) at a native plant nursery.  

This was the best in the 6 or 8 plants available.  It's very small, and scraggly, but hopefully I can coax it into surviving in the back yard.  The tiny peppers are edible which is the reason I wanted to grow one.  And the peppers are adorable!

We took a leisurely drive out to Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  We drove through Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge thinking we might see tons of birds. Nope. It was a bit disappointing.  This small alligator came out looking for sun.

While we were poking around, we saw a lot of Jamaican Caper bushes.  I never noticed these plants before but now I'm seeing them everywhere.  Strange.  I do have a few seeds so maybe I'll give them a go in the shady part of our back yard.

That's about it for excitement this hot and muggy Sunday.  

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