Lockdown Day 61: Hocus Pocus Hibiscus / Encierro Día 61: Hibisco Mágia

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I MENTIONED YESTERDAY THAT OUR nearest flower seller had reopened his kiosk this week. I went back yesterday hoping to surprise San Geraldo (our designated gardener) with one or more vibrant hibiscus plants, but I got there around noon (he opens at 9) and they were sold out.

This morning, I slept in (because I didn’t sleep much during the night). I woke up after 9:30, threw on some clothes, splashed some water on my face, and ran out the door. I made it in time to claim a beauty for San Geraldo; I’ll check back for more tomorrow.

Hibiscus is, unfortunately, toxic to cats. But our boys are, thankfully, very specific about which plants they nibble (and they don’t nibble much). We had a collection of hibiscus for a long time on the terrace and, after an initial sniff, the cats ignored them. We’ll keep a close watch. We’d love to have all that vibrant color on the terrace again.

Check out the unusual new flowers that immediately opened when I placed today’s hibiscus on the terrace.

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AYER MENCIONÉ QUE NUESTRO FLORISTERIA más cercano había reabierto su quiosco esta semana. Regresé el miércoles con la esperanza de sorprender a San Geraldo (nuestro jardinero designado) con una o más plantas de hibisco vibrantes, pero llegué alrededor del mediodía (abre a las 9) y se agotaron.

Esta mañana dormí (porque no dormí mucho durante la noche). Me desperté después de las 9:30, me puse algo de ropa, me eché agua a la cara, y salí corriendo por la puerta. Llegué a tiempo para reclamar una belleza para San Geraldo; volveré a buscar más mañana.

El hibisco es, desafortunadamente, tóxico para los gatos. Pero, afortunadamente, nuestros gatos son muy específicos sobre las plantas que pican (y no pican mucho). Tuvimos una colección de hibiscos durante mucho tiempo en la terraza y, después de un olfateo inicial, los gatos los ignoraron. Mantendremos una estrecha vigilancia. Nos encantaría volver a tener todo ese color vibrante en la terraza.

Echa un vistazo a las nuevas flores inusuales que se abrieron inmediatamente cuando coloqué el hibisco de hoy en la terraza.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

22 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 61: Hocus Pocus Hibiscus / Encierro Día 61: Hibisco Mágia”

  1. What a healthy vibrant Hibiscus.
    Whenever I see this plant I always go back to a visit to Bermuda……..they have hedges upon hedges of Hibiscus all blooming at once.
    Your terrace will be full of colour.

    1. Jim:
      They’re used for hedges here in Fuengirola, too. Even the city plants them in hedgerows along our shopping streets and on the Paseo.

  2. I love hibiscus! I didn’t know they were toxic to cats. Good thing your boys are so smart!

    1. Debra;
      I didn’t know it about hibiscus either, but SG did. And, yes, very good thing our cats seem to know what NOT to nibble.

    1. Jennifer:
      He only has a few at a time. So, I’ll just have to keep checking back. He had a pink (yesterday and today) that’s very dull. I’m hoping for yellow. It would be great to get back to our big garden center, too. Always a huge selection there.

    1. Wilma:
      We would love to fill the terrace with color again. Cacti and succulents are doing great but we miss the vibrance. SG was happy with his new gift today, too.

  3. What a beautiful hibiscus! I love that second photo especially, with the two tails poking out. I didn’t realize hibiscus were poisonous to cats!

    1. Steve:
      I just read about the toxicity of hibiscus. It turns out SG knew all along and was relieved when the cats showed no interest when we had them before.

  4. Beautiful plants made better by the two tails.
    Such health plants deep green with bright flowers. Just what you need for your deck.
    parsnip

    1. Parsnip:
      Our little flower kiosk has a limited supply without much variation. So, once I buy what I like from him, we’ll have to wait for our big garden center to reopen.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      So far, just a red and an orange. Who knows what tomorrow might bring!

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