Lake Fred

Lake Fred is an actual lake located in the flat pinelands of southern New Jersey. It is also one of my knicknames acquired while I was at college. There is (or was) a Lake Fred Folk Festival in the springtime.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Jean's Sunset - Jamila's Sister

These pictures are in reverse order showing the color changes this hibiscus bloom undergoes during the day. The bottom photo shows the bloom when it first opens is mostly pink, As the day goes on, the pinkness gets lighter and the outer edge becomes a pastel orange yellow as shown in the middle photo. The top photo is the end of the day when the pink is very faded and the outer edge is now more yellow.

This Patrick seedling is from the same 2002 pod that produced Jamila and Red Nectar. We call it Jean's Sunset as the colors are sunset colors. This upright bush has small leaves and thin branches. It blooms a lot, but never at show time. It almost died from Katrina as most of its leaves dried out and turned brown, but it resprouted new leaves and has come back complete with flower buds. On a few occasions, Father Gerlich has remarked that this was an interesting bloom. That's a great seal of approval!
We were able to get one cutting to root and produce a vigorous small bush. We gave it to a fellow collector to preserve the line in case of something bad happening to the original plant. Well, Katrina was bad and killed all the plants of my fellow collector friend. Now we are back to one plant.


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