Monday, August 30, 2010


I love checking out the plants in the rose arc. Today I saw the loveliest orange flower, a type of Abutilon, in the Malva family. I was cutting down some amaranth that had toppled over and crowded it and there it was. Hopefully now this lovely plant will get a chance to shine. If not, there's always next year. It isn't hardy here in New York but Sarah plans on bringing it inside to overwinter. You can tell it's related to the hibiscus but the flower hangs down like a bell. I wish I remembered the species name and variety, but I don't. I think this one would commonly be called a flowering maple. I imagine there are some stunning ones in the tropics and one or two in Hawai'i that might be endangered there.

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