Sunday, June 29, 2008

Trouble Maker

This plant is a trouble maker. It got me questioned by the police. I have had to explain over and over that I am not growing anything that someone might want to toke. Our Meme and her man called me wanting to know why I planted weed in their flower bed. I have had to tell several black sheep type family members not to try to smoke it. Finally, it bloomed and I have proof of the real purpose of this monster. Meet my Texas Star Hibiscus.

Here is a more well behaved cousin. I am happy to introduce our Southern Belle. Isn't she pretty?

This gentleman is a little worse for wear. Looks a bit tattered and torn. Presenting Lord Baltimore.
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24 comments:

  1. Shoot, what would we have for amusement were it not for black sheep relations? Or to compare ourselves to? I don't know much of my family. But it's likely I hale or descend from the fellers in that movie, Deliverance. Which is why I don't try too hard to follow my family tree!
    Brenda

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  2. Hi brenda, we have a crazy uncle and several black sheep cousins. Life is interesting.

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  3. Well, the end product was certainly worth all the questions! It's beautiful.

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  4. Mercy on us, Debbi! I was sure you were going to show a photo of cleome (aka spider flower). I remember when we showed a photo in one of our garden books that included cleome in a garden shot, and outraged readers wrote in demanding to know where we got off showing marijuana in our books! In the "scream and scream again" category...

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  5. Oh my! I do enjoy the black sheep stories, in my family too. That's how my mom scared me onto the straight and narrow path. The flowers are certainly worth the questioning.

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  6. well, I can definitely understand the confusion! Very interesting-looking hibiscus - I'd never have guessed that's what it is!

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  7. Isn't that funny. Sounds like marijuana has a few lookalikes, although I would have thought that the police would know the difference:).

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  8. Ofb, I have the cleome hid behind the deck railing so the cops can't see it.

    Hi Cinj, Crazy Uncle stories kept the seven of us pretty much in line.

    Hi Garden girl, it is an unusual looking hibiscus.

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  9. Chey, somehow you slipped in the while I was answering the others. I am sure that if he had gotten right up on the thing, he would have seen the difference between the two. More than one visitor to my garden has given in a double take.

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  10. Just wanted to tell you I got me some of that soap tonight-of course a bit too late as I have poison ivy rash in regions best left unmentioned. But I am using the calagel.

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  11. Tina, use the soap anyway. Sorry about the unmentionables. That sucks.

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  12. Ah, you already have hibiscus blooming, you lucky girl. I want a Texas star, and I'll take the ribbing from the sheriff for it. I just don't know where to get one.~~Dee

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  13. Aren't the hardy hibiscus cool? I love the vibrant color. A frend once wanted me to grow mary jane for him in the closet... while I am curious about its botanical habits, I don't have any firends on the police force!
    ~ Monica

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  14. Monica, We don't need to be growing anything the closet. I understand that it smells bad anyway.

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  15. Dee, I could send you some seeds this fall.

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  16. Hi, I just came across your blog and thought I'd let you know I visited...nice meeting you!

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  17. Hey! Come by my blog, I've got an award there for you.

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  18. Hi Deborah, nice name. Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi cinj, be there in a minute.

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  19. Man, are your hibuscus impressive! Wow! The first one is really striking (regardless of its deceitful leaves). My hibiscus never get that big so it's really nice to see you share yours.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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  20. Thanks Cindy, I am pretty sure you can grow these. They are hardy not tropical hibicus.

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  21. Were they serious? While I've never seen a marijuana plant in person (surprising, since they find them all the time in the woods around here), I would never think of that looking like a marijuana plant!

    Have you ever seen a really young Buckeye tree seedling? Now THAT looks like weed.

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  22. Hi Kylee, they were looking at it from the road. It bears a resemblance, but it is really easy to tell the difference. Never seen a buckeye seedling. I will google it thought.

    Deb.

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  23. I just bought a White Texas Star Hibiscus yesterday! I think they are so beautiful. I did jokingly tell my husband that he better drive careful on the way home, didn't want the cops to pull us over and see that plant in the car!

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