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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

It's bloom time

So, a plant that's been in my small garden has now started blooming. Something I wrongly identified, based on the wrong input by the one who sold this plant. But after some intensive search over the internet, I have finally found out the correct identity of this white to pink turning flower. Turns out that our friend here is a Hibiscus mutabilis, also commonly known as Confederate Rose. The most striking feature of this rose like flower that is like huge rose, odourless, and blooms as an off-white flower helped me to finally nail it's identity.
It took a lot of time since the buds appeared in this ~6 feet plant that has been shedding a lot of leaves these days, but the top of the plant featured numerous buds of varying sizes. The first bloom took some time to open up to let me see what it actually looks like. The problem was that the wrong information supplied by the seller, along with my usual search method thinking this to be a regular white rose flower was the reason I wrongly identified first, and then, took some time to identify it properly. It opens up as a white flower and as the day ends, it turns pink, and by the next day, it comes out completely pink, but doesn't bloom again.

So, here are the blooms, for you. 


Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
Confederate rose buds
Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
Confederate rose buds
Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
Confederate rose buds
Around 10 days went by while the buds appeared, developed and grew bigger. Once the first bud started opening, it again took a couple of days to remove the veil over the anticipation I had about this bloom. We did guesses, about the flower's colours, but only when it opened did it let us know the colour, but still some surprises were left.

Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
A white confederate rose bloom with a lot of buds
Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
A white confederate rose bloom with a lot of buds

On the second day, the flower, to our surprise had suddenly changed to a dark pink one, too much to all our surprise. Since then, buds have been blooming almost every second day.

Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
A white confederate rose bloom turning pink by the end of the day.
Metro Greens: Confederate Rose
White confederate rose blooms turning pink by the end of the day.
I think this blooming season will last for the next 10 days or so, before the plant gives way to the other blooming plants lined up for the winter season show. I'm talking about the upcoming chrysanthemum season, the buds have all developed in all the plants, and I hope to bring you some of the most beautiful clicks from my chrysanthemum flower show, this winter, so stay tuned and HAPPY GARDENING!

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