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One Of The Best Tropical Flowers – Hibiscus Plant

For color and beauty in the garden, Hibiscus cannot be beat. Mine are the giant strain of rose mallow, tall-growing, well-branched plants that produce many enormous five-petaled flowers ranging from red to rose, shell-pink to white with crimson eye.

In Laurel, Mississippi, the hibiscus blooms from midsummer to frost without rest. Though large, the blossoms are delicate in form, soft in color, and so combine well with other flowers. Leaves are also beautiful-long, narrow and notched.

Hibiscus likes rich, well-drained soil and starts new growth each spring. To make way for the new shoots, the plants should be cut to the ground each fall. New plants may be propagated from seed soaked in warm water before they’re planted in late spring when days are warm. Ground must be kept moist until growth appears. Blossoms come the second year. Plants also may be started from root divisions taken from older plants or from cuttings placed under a fruit jar or in a shaded bed.

Hibiscus is a fine background plant as well as one that can hold the spotlight when in bloom. Flowers remain open longer if shaded and, on cloudy days, stay open all day long. When cool days come, hibiscus is at its best for then its colorful, crisp flowers are especially lovely.

Blue Daisy

Its easy habit of growth and unaffected air make the blue daisy, Felicia amelloides of South Africa, a welcome addition to any cottage garden. Its flowers, 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter, are borne singly on thin, wiry stems which rise about 8 to 10 inches above evergreen foliage. Its color is a true sky blue. Its center, yellow.

Felicia amelloides seems immune to pests and does well for me in either sun or partial shade. Bloom is heaviest from April through June but, if the top is sheared severely, it will continue to bloom for months here in California.

Propagation is by seed or cuttings. And, since the lower branches occasionally send down roots where they touch the ground, the plant also may be increased by layering under moist soil. In harsher climes, where it is tender, the blue daisy may be started under glass and grown in pots as Marguerites (Chrysanthemum frutescens) are grown.

I have the blue daisy planted in front of rose-pink geraniums on the west side of the house and in front of orange and yellow daylilies on the east. In both situations it thrives without any particular care except watering.

Lemon-yellow and white Marguerites, by the way, combine well with this smaller blue flower sometimes called Blue Marguerite. I arrange them loosely in a Waterford glass pitcher and add a few freesias or sweet alyssum for fragrance. I have also used felicia in a yellow pottery sugar bowl with early English primroses and, later in the season, with the old-fashioned pinks (Dianthus).


Hints For Black Wrought Iron Rooster Weathervanes Placed In Your Lawn

Have you been looking for the perfect artistic home decorating item, one that is functional and complimentary? A wrought iron weather vane is just that item. Their rustic appeal was born by necessity. Long ago, the wrought iron wind vane was an essential aid to determining the winds direction. However, today they are a charming accent for any home or yard, no matter what the theme of your home may display.

Originally farmers needed a weather vane to determine the wind. For years farmers relied on such devices to understand the weather patterns. You may have noticed a wrought iron wind vane mounted to the top of a barn. This is where weather vanes were initially placed to more easily see wind direction. Correctly understanding weather patterns was part of a farmer’s livelihood. Weather vanes are no longer depended on as they once were, but their important contribution is not soon forgotten.

There functionality and eye pleasing characteristics make them versatile when it comes to placement around your home. The wrought iron weathervanes are most often given a nice black finish and are often designed to look like they are antiques. Wrought iron is much more durable; they do not corrode and are still very pleasing to the eye.

Wrought iron weather vanes and wrought iron wind vanes are complimentary home decor whether you prefer vintage or modern furnishings. Finding the perfect wrought iron wind vane adds just the right touch of whimsy to your home or yard.

Not interested in putting a weathervane in your yard or atop your house? Try placing it on your outside deck or on top of your patio table. They make wonderful centerpieces and are always in vogue. Don’t feel obligated to go “whole hog” and invest in the largest weathervane you can find. There are smaller wrought iron windvanes that fit perfectly on fences and even inside the home. Keep looking until you find the perfect windvane for your home.

The weather cocks or roof cockerels are the most infamous of weather vane designs. There are other options if a rooster doesn’t appeal to you. But give it a chance first. You may be surprised at the variety of wrought iron weather cocks. Some are quite elaborate where others lean more toward the whimsical.

Ever wonder how the rooster became the weathervane spokesman? Centuries ago, the residing Pope commented that every church should have a rooster placed on their rooftop. This was in honor of the apostle Peter and to remind Catholic believers to live a life for Christ and to never deny him.

Even in today’s world of high technology the artist that creates the beautiful wrought iron pieces are still enjoying being able to create new forms in addition to recreating the popular antique ones. There are some wrought iron weathervane artists that can fetch a five figure price for a piece of their work. Edited by Glinda Zuladra

This summer is the perfect time for ornamental iron. Metal rooster weather vane s are without a doubt a must have for your rooftop or back lawn.