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Re: [CHAT Hibiscus/Monarchs

Hi Donna, looks like a normal bloom for some varieties to me.  Where is David 
when you need a Hibiscus expert??  Just speaking from experience, I have 
several Hibiscus that start out the season early on as apparent singles and then 
as the blooms mature and the heat picks up they get more of their double 
appearance.  Perhaps this is what is happening with yours.  Some Hibiscus have 
"pompoms" that appear out of the center.  Could also be some mutation that happened 
with a particular bloom....although this doesn't appear to be unusual to me.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 7/16/2003 11:02:24 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> My hibiscus has an interesting flower today.... looks like one is trying
> to come out of the center of the existing flower, didn't do that on the
> other blooms...... confused... have a look...
> http://illianagardenpond.org/highvoltage.jpg
> http://illianagardenpond.org/highvoltage2.jpg
> Another issue of my garden is where are the monarch butterflies?!? My
> butterfly weed actually bloomed with leaves on it! Most years the
> caterpillar stage destroys them.... anyone else notice this?
> One last note, I have baby mantis!!!!!!!!!!!! Saw a few yesterday,
> should have taken a picture, but no time. If you all recall, I found the
> nest (or what ever it is called) in the spring... can not believe it
> took this long to hatch!
> Donna
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