Post last updated: October 11th, 2018
I was in Lowe’s the other day so I checked the Down-and-Out-but-Not-Quite-Dead table. I found a red Ixora for $2.50 and that’s about all they’re worth considering I’ve never been able to get one through the winter.
Then I wandered around looking at everything just in the outside chance that they had something cheap enough for dollars to squeak through my fingers. They did. For $4.98, I walked out of there with a tiny Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Little Tiger,’ with a yellow flower and a deep red throat. It was full of buds, too. I planted it and something went horribly wrong. It must not like my dirt. Overnight, my yellow flower turned peachy-pink:
I stood there looking at it in all its peachy-pink glory, planted a little too close to my large Pink Hibiscus, and shook my head. I can’t even buy a hibiscus and get it right.
It lightens up somewhat as the day wears on but nothing like the yellow it was on the day I bought it. I went hunting for the tag and sure enough, “Apricot-pink blooms, dark green foliage.” So why was it yellow at Lowes?
Sigh. I try so hard to have so little success.