I was away for a few days and couldn’t respond to comments on my last post. Thank you all so much for stopping by and dropping me a line. I was in Delhi with my son and busy with admission to a college there and also finding accommodation for him. My friend Pauline was of great help here. So thank you, Pauline. My son starts college in July. I can imagine how quiet the house will be with him away for most part of the year!
Delhi was HOT! A punishing 44*C but it was wonderful to be back in Guwahati where, when we touched down, the welcome (weather-wise) announcement said that the outside temp was 27*. Bliss! I got back home to find this Rose of Sharon/Hibiscus syriacus blooming. Somehow I have not been able to capture the exact colour. It’s brighter in real life. And I hadn’t paid much attention to it the past year. last year in August, I had picked up a pruned stem which lay with other twigs and grass clippings at my parents’ yard. I brought it back with me and simply staked it in an empty pot. Looking at the bloom now, I know I’ll need to give it a whole lot of TLC.
We’re getting plenty of rain and many areas of the state are flooded. The scene when I got back home from my mother’s in mid June was like this (below). The skies were about to open up. These rice fields are on the way towards the city.
Even the seedheads are pretty. Reading up on the plant I found that it can be invasive but that hasn’t been the case here. Propagation is by cuttings and by seeds. The leaves are fleshy and variegated (of the ones I have). The rainy season seems to bring out the best in this plant. I love the way the stems and leaves fill up the container.
There are so many plants whose names I do not know but you, my wonderful blogger friends, have been so helpful. I learnt the name of this plant from Susie of Digging In The Dirt. So, once again, thank you Susie! Every time I see the plant I think of you!
I wish you all a great gardening week!