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Re: Update on A Touch

Hey Jim does your High Voltage still have the same intense color difference from outside the petals to the deep maroon of the center? Reason I ask is that here further north latitude HV tends to be a more even pink throughout. Then when we get more hours of sun the flowers become more intense in color differential again.

----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 1:58 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Update on A Touch

Short note on High Voltage, David. We've had some chilly nights--high 30s with breeze--and I don't cover stuff up; if it lives, fine, if it doesn't, it doesn't.
Anyway, it had two big blooms when the chill hit. The blooms held on for a day or two, then dropped [somewhat prematurely]. But the plant quickly formed a half dozen new buds that are playing out now. Beginning to think these have the same cold tolerance as the more ordinary varieties of H. rosa-sinensis, like the double red tree [which I want to get rid of] by my back door.

On Wednesday, February 9, 2005, at 01:01 PM, David Franzman wrote:

Hi Melody

Well I guess DF will do!

Hibs are actually completely edible. They make tea with the flowers and in Mexico they make a drink from the leaves. So no worries with pets and or kids. As far as houseplants they do just fine. On one of the Hibiscus groups we just heard from a women in Ontario Canada who has had her's for 20 years. It's outside in the summer and inside next to a window in winter. She said she gets occassional flowers even in winter. I think Auralie said she's had a Hib for over 20 years as well didn't you Aurailie?

Ok, this group is humbling and I'm back to plain ol' DF. It is amazing how much like family this group is. You can leave for awhile but you are always welcome when you come back.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Zone 10a
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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