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 georgiavines.com. 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.