Monday, August 09, 2010

'HEAVENLY HIBISCUS' ~ ROSE of SHARON (Hibiscus syriacus)

"I am the Rose of Sharon,
and the Lily of the Valleys."
- Song of Solomon 2. 1-17


Rose of Sharon
also called shrub althaea








30 comments:

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Well, I've never seen the Rose of Sharon more beautiful, and you know, I never picked up on that particular line from scripture either. Thanks.~~Dee

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful colors, Joey. I didn't used to like Rose of Sharon, but I've seen some lovely ones lately, including yours. They're growing on me:)
Marnie

joey said...

Thanks, Dee. I love this double bloom and the quote is an annual August post (though all the photos new and a challenge to shoot since blooms are very high on the tree).

Hi Marnie. This Rose of Sharon is tree-form not shrub, which I love and keep well pruned. The blooms are soft and unique and why I love them.

Edith Hope said...

Dearest Joey, The purity of these magnificent flowers is, indeed, pure heaven. What a wonderful addition to any garden. But for me, how strange that the common name is Rose of Sharon, a name given in the UK to a rather unpleasant, yellow Hypericum which, once established, is totally invasive.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

These are popular over here.

My neighbours have a really old one which takes the form of a weeping apple tree. Really beautiful.

Carolyn Gail said...

Gorgeous, Joey. The Rose of Sharon was in bloom when my husband's country was liberated and they chose it for their national flower so it has a very special meaning in our garden.

tina said...

It looks just like a rose! Most beautiful!

joey said...

Thank you, dear Edith. I do so enjoy my Rose of Sharon. Interesting about Hypericum calycinum, which I was aware of ... I have a link to Wikipedia when you hit the purple Hibiscus syriacus with much more info on this interesting name.

Hi Rob. I can only imagine how stunning the weeping apple must be! There are beautiful specimens around here too ... I really should do a walkabout and share.

Hello, Carolyn. A beautiful story .. do you have photos of yours in your garden? BTW, good luck in the show! I so enjoy your artwork and know you'll be famous :)

joey said...

Thank you, Tina. It is indeed an August beauty.

Jeff Branch said...

Awesome photos.

Skeeter said...

She sure is a beauty! My parents dug some up from the old house we grew up in when they moved into their new home. They are beautiful and wish they had dug up more...

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Such a beautiful plant. I can't grow these well, Joey, because they are so late breaking dormancy up here, and they don't always survive the winter anyway. So I just admire those of other people.

Michelle said...

Hello Joey! I have been away from blogging for a few weeks, but back to it now! Thank you for visiting my website. I love the Rose of Sharon, it is so lovely! Sharon is my Mother's name - I will have to forward this to her as it was her birthday yesterday - she lives in the Canary Islands. See you soon. You have such an amazing website - beautiful photographs. Thanks. Michelle

Lindalou said...

Those photos would look great on a card. So beautiful.

joey said...

Hi, Jeff, and thank you.

Thank you, Skeeter. Many years ago, before I owned a home, my aunt shared many of hers. Wish I had some now!

I can well imagine they might be temperamental where you live, jodi. Well then, you MUST come and admire mine! How fun.

You are so sweet, Michelle, and thank you. Welcome back to the bloggin' world.

Thank you dear Lindalou. I do use my photos for my own cards :)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

In my garden, plants are saying:

- I am the amenome of Japan.
- I am the weed of iron.

:)

debsgarden said...

These are beautiful photos of a really pretty flower! The color is wonderful and refreshing on a hot summer day.

joey said...

I can only imagine what your garden plants are saying, dear Monica, but perhaps something like ... I am the luckiest plant :)

Hello debsgarden and a big thank you. With the oppressive heat/humidity, it's a cooling to view pastel blooms.

Sunita said...

That's gorgeous, Joey!
Here in Mumbai, it is the Rose of Sharon that are called 'hibiscus' by everyone. The Rose Mallow is hardly ever seen around. How sad! Both are so pretty in their own way.

Sunita said...

That's gorgeous, Joey!
Here in Mumbai, it is the Rose of Sharon that are called 'hibiscus' by everyone. The Rose Mallow is hardly ever seen around. How sad! Both are so pretty in their own way.

Kala said...

I didn't know Rose of Sharon was in the Hibiscus family. Beautiful images Joey!

Rose said...

What a lovely double bloom this beauty is! I was visiting my parents this past weekend and noticed a tall Rose of Sharon in full bloom at the end of their garden. So pretty...and funny that I'd never noticed it before.

Kanak said...

Amazed at what that dark centre can do to a flower! Beautiful photographs!

joey said...

Agree Sunita. Both are beautiful.

Thanks, dear Kala and, again, congratulations!

Hi Rose. Now you might want one of your own! I prefer this on standard since it takes up less room in the garden.

Thank you, Kanak. Agree, the dark center makes for a stunning flower.

Tuqui said...

Joey, es un orgullo para mi que hayas visitado mi blog con tan lindo comentario. Tu blog es PERFECTO para mi gusto, con fotos preciosas y buena informacion. Es un deleite recorrerlo, te felicito!
Me tendras por aqui a menudo...
Besos

joey said...

Thank you, Tuqui, for the lovely comment. You have a lovely site ... a joy and honor connecting with you also.

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

So pretty and what a performer. This looks like my 'Sugar Tip' variety. I like the little pink kissed centers. The Rose of Sharon has become my favorite flower this year. It has outperformed all the rest.

joey said...

Agree, dear Anna. They have been especially lovely this year. Happy weekend :)

Rick said...

What can I add that hasn't already been said; lovely shots of such an exquisite flower joey! How do you find time to look after all these, and make your wonderful photos and keep up your blog ! Does your clock have 30 hours in a day ? ;-)

joey said...

How kind, Rick. Wish my clock did indeed have 30+ hours! I hate to sleep, afraid I'm going to miss something :) The hour is late and I'm at the lake (our cottage) catching the meteor showers ... an awesome show in unpoluted light ... no camera, simply enjoying. Indeed, my garden at home keeps me on my toes and impossible to capture all in bloom since my gardens are huge! Can't seem to leave a comment on your site (on hubby's computer here) but will revisit since I so enjoy your site.