Thursday, July 13, 2006

This morning...

I was outside playing with the camera phone and feeding the birds. It was too hot to be inside. Outside was much prettier, anyway.


All the dark area at the bottom of this photo is corn. It has now reached elephant eye proportions.


Anybody know what these flowers are called? The previous owner planted them.

17 comments:

bill said...

maybe hibiscus

Miss Kitty said...

Pretty photos! What a sunrise!

Are the flowers really big, about dessert-plate size? They certainly look like hibiscus to me. You're in the right zone to grow them. Sometimes they grow here in Georgia, but you have to mulch them like crazy in the winter so they don't freeze and die.

Smaller (3") flowers that look just the same on a woody plant are called Rose of Sharon. It's considered a weed here.

Kathryn said...

Lovely photos...wish my phone were as talented as yours! Interestingly, the plant we call Rose of Sharon here is a small yellow number, a shrub. Another example of the two nations divided by a common language!

pPB said...

I can't believe what great quality of phone pics you get! YOu go!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Beautiful!

C Wright said...

Reminds me of bathing our faces in sunshine. One of Fake Cow cities good qualitys, sunrise or sunset.

C Wright said...

I really messed up on city's and qualities, fix it for me.

SpookyRach said...

Just claim grammatical dyslexia C. Wright.

I think you might be right about the Rose of Sharon Miss Kitty. They are about three inches. I have one hibiscus in a pot - don't think that's what this is. These totally die back to nothing and regrow bigger and better each summer. Does hibiscus do that in this zone?

SpookyRach said...

Actually, the flowers are closer to dessert plate size. They are definitely bigger than 3 inches.

Jim said...

Those are Aubergine Queens.

Not really, but now you're singing that song again, aren't ya?

Patti said...

I bet hibiscus. I have the same plant in my garden somewhere among the weeds. Beautiful pics!

Miss Kitty said...

Yep, it seems like hibiscus dies back close to the ground but comes back stronger every year. There are a bunch of them in a yard a couple blocks from my house; I watch them get almost dinner-plate-size every summer, and they get surrounded with cages & heavily insulated w/ pine straw before the first frost. They're hardly even little stumps in spring but get 4'-6' tall. Amazing.

That *is* funny about "Rose of Sharon" being two completely different plants in different parts of the country! Who would've thought?

don't eat alone said...

Aubergine Queen is spreading. I mentioned you in my post today.

Peace,
Milton

Greek Shadow said...

Pretty sunrise and flowers. I remember wonderful sunrises and sunsets out there in the wide open spaces, inbetween tornados.

Cynthia said...

Texas beauty in the photos. My vote is hibiscus. They are varied in size, color and leaf, but that little phallic thingy (stamen?) is a dead giveaway. Thanks for the comment.

little david said...

Dead giveaway indeed! That is one signal that this is NOT a hibiscus. The leaf shape is another. Believe me, Lived in Hawaii for 7 years. I know what hibiscus looks like, and this ain't it.

Jim said...

Well, this is a hibiscus and it looks a little like the flower in the picture. It's got a stamen thingy too.