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, August 10, 2006


One of the first Dupont Hibiscus we bought was the Evangeline cultivar. We planted it in our landscape and it grew into a lovely bush with an occasional bloom, one or two a year. Hurricane Katrina changed all of that when it caused our large pine tree to lean, requiring us to cut down the tree. When that happened, Evangeline started to become a blooming machine when the midday pine tree shade disappeared. It bloomed continuously from Fall through Winter and Spring, stopping only in July when daily high temperatures stayed in the nineties. Of all of my hibiscus varieties, Evangeline makes the best bush when planted in the ground. It makes a short rounded bush with deep green leathery leaves, and with sun, loads of blooms. When the bloom first opens, it is yellow and pink. As the day goes on, the pink fades away to white. Here are pictures of both bloom color phases.


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