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When we moved into our home in September 1994, there were these “sticks” in the ground in a dark corner of the front garden bed. For the first three years, the “sticks” put forth leaves, but nothing else. Being very new to gardening, I had no clue as to what the unknown plant could be.

In the fourth year, one amazing blossom emerged in early August and I asked my neighbor, Nancy if she could identify the “mystery plant.” Of course, she immediately recognized it as a Rose of Sharon and knew it would never do much of anything in its present location since it was receiving little sunshine.   

Buds & Bloom

“Buds & Bloom” (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Collie Mullens’, aka Rose of Sharon), Nikon D300, 420mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/16, 1/60s, ISO 640, SB900 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -0.7EV

The following Spring, we relocated the “sticks” to a sunnier location in the back landscape and they certainly have flourished! Currently standing at about 10 feet high and 3-4 feet wide, she is a beast! I only know the variety because when we pulled it out of the ground to transplant it, one of those plastic identification tags was wrapped around the base, buried for all that time.

So every year, when I see the fluffy, double blooms arrive in August, I recall how it all came to be and cannot help but smile. 😀


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