winter rose of sharon

by Sherry Hill March. 15, 2019 265 views

the sun was bright yesterday, it was a warm 48 degrees.. so i went out among the melting snow and stopped right out my door to see what i could do creatively to capture my hibernating rose of sharon bush.. i know it's a hibiscus.. but the Grapes of Wrath was the first classic novel i had ever read and fell in love with.. so it will always be a rose of sharon to me..

[winter rose of sharon]

[winter rose of sharon]

and more dried rose of sharon seed pods..

[hibiscus in winter]

[hibiscus in winter]

[winter seed pod]

[winter seed pod]

[rose of sharon seed pods]

[rose of sharon seed pods]

and finally..

[hibiscus in winter]

[hibiscus in winter]

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Russell Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

Grapes of Wrath is a great book . I think the first book I fell in love with was the Yearling. These are a great series of Hibiscus flowers or seed pods.

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Sherry Hill Replied to Russell Smith 6 months ago

thank you, and i corrected the post.. i didn't even think about it, but yes.. not flowers, but seed pods.. :)
and The Yearling.. good book.. but i'm a sucker for Gregory Peck..

6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 6 months, 1 week ago

Grapes of Wrath is one of the best books I have ever read. Love the pictures Sherry

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Antonio Gil 6 months ago

thanks Antonio..

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Berckmans Peter 6 months, 1 week ago

Nice set of this flower. And I like the name

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Sherry Hill Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 months ago

thank you Peter..

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Björn Roose 6 months, 1 week ago

I don't know nor care what it is, but #1 is a great photo of it smile

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Sherry Hill Replied to Björn Roose 6 months, 1 week ago

thanks Bjorn.. :)

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Björn Roose Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 1 week ago

I do, by the way, have a hibiscus in my garden and the dried flowers look more or less like this, but I've never seen them opened wide like in your photos.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia 6 months, 1 week ago

Ok Sherry now you are making me wonder.....that is not a Rose of Sharon??? I have an identical plant in my back yard and I can swear it is a Rose of Sharon. As a matter of fact I had several, several of them but cut most down except for this one and every spring I have to go around cutting down sporadic roots around the yard because they keep wanting to grow into bushes in the wrong places.

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Sherry Hill Replied to Camellia 6 months, 1 week ago

hey Camellia.. there are 2 types of hibiscus.. tho mine is definitely a rose of sharon.. i like it's nickname better than Hibiscus.. just a preference for my love a good book.. is all..
mine came with the property and i just love it.. it even attracts the hummingbirds in summer.. 
oddly enough, i photograph her more in the winter.. smile

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 1 week ago

This is how much I know about flowers....didn't even know that Hibiscus and Rose of Sharon are related. I did have to go to Google and ask it to educate me and lo and behold  look what it said: 
"Rose of Sharon is a woody shrub that grows 8-to-12 feet tall and 6-to-10 feet wide. Because it is very easy to grow and tolerates polluted air, a wide range of light conditions and poor soil, it is common in cities, where it thrives in conditions not many other plants can tolerate. Rose of Sharon is also valuable because it flowers in late summer to fall, a time when few other plants are in bloom. Each flower lasts only a day or two, but there are so many flowers that the shrub remains in bloom for a few weeks.
...Maybe Too Hardy
Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9, rose of Sharon is a "plant-and-forget-it" shrub. In fact, in areas with good sunlight and soil, this nearly indestructible grower is so enthusiastic that it becomes a problem, sowing seeds and making baby plants with abandon and founding spreading colonies. Do not plant rose of Sharon where its aggressive seedlings can escape into the wild and spread, destroying native plant species, or if you think pulling out its many babies will be a chore."(homegiudes.sfgate.com)

It is definitely a chore and I had nothing to do with the planting of these bushes :)

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Camellia 6 months, 1 week ago

i'm awful at care & maintenance of plants.. i'm just glad this one needs little loving.. i prune it in the fall is all.. :)

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Laurie Madsen 6 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful Sherry!
I LOVE #1 in monochrome!

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Laurie Madsen 6 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Laurie.. i had a lot of fun with this..

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 1 week ago

I can tell!smile

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Jennifer Raknerud 6 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful photos and I love #1 the most.  Soon the snow will be gone!!  Yay!  All will be well until August when I want the crispness of autumn.

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Sherry Hill Replied to Jennifer Raknerud 6 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Jennifer.. i will be happy with a long spring, short summer & long autumn.. heh

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Jay Boggess 6 months, 1 week ago

Interesting study of this "faded glory".....

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Jay Boggess 6 months, 1 week ago

thank you Jay.. i kind of like it better in winter than in full bloom..

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months ago

Nature is beautiful in a way, in all phases of life & death......IMHO....

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