Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Norfolk Island Hibiscus (Lagunaria patersonia)

The Norfolk Island Hibuscus in the park at the bottom of our garden is in flower at the moment.  The flowers are only small but very pretty and there are lots of them.

A close up on the flowers


Taken in the park this morning


Taken from our garden.




Meanwhile the beans are producing well.  Still 600 to 700 grams a day.  We have been giving them away to family, friends and acquaintances.

The yellow beans are having a rest.  They supplied us well over Christmas but have now stopped bearing although new flowers are appearing.  The scarlet runners so far are not doing very well whereas the purple beans (they turn green when cooked and are from seed saved for many years) are producing well as are the Dalmation bean (green with purple speckles) and the shiny fardenlosa.
We only have two plants of the Dalmation bean bought as plants at the market.

The weather continues hot (for us) and dry 25 to 28 degrees forecast for the next few days so still watering the vegetables in the morning and flower borders at night.

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    1. Yes, the hibiscus is flowering well this year.

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  2. Sounds fresh and delicious. What will be the next vegetable to go into full production?

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    1. We have been digging potatoes since Christmas and they will continue for a while yet. Tomatoes are just starting to turn colour apart from the baby ones that we are already picking. I planted some more baby lettuce yesterday.

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  3. Temps are toasty down in your neck of the woods! The hibiscus look lovely.

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    1. Yes, 27 degrees C. today and the next 3 days and slightly cooler after that.

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  4. Pretty flower. I like the idea of being able to pick beans from the garden at Christmas time. Despite increasing globalisation everyone in the UK seems to eat the seasonally available brussels sprouts and parsnips for their Christmas dinner. 25 to 28 degrees is just right for me as I like to walk and cycle around the countryside.

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    1. If I was in the U.K. I would eat brussels sprouts and parsnips as I like to eat seasonally , preferably from my own garden. Of course beans are in season here. 28 degrees is a bit too hot for walking during the day for me. Need to do any walking or gardening early morning or in the evening.

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  5. I've seen a few of those flowers over the years, there are quite a few of them out at Mangawhai especially around the campground.

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    1. I noticed a lot of them when we drove into town today.

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