Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today's Flowers - July 26


Rose of Sharon

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee)

Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus)

Species: syriacus (seer-ee-AK-us)

A bumblebee enjoys nectar from a Rose of Sharon, also known as Althea. This plant is a relative of hibiscus but, unlike most hibiscus, is hardy and is easily grown in this zone. The plant (actually a shrub that can reach eight to ten feet in height) flowers heavily and continually from early summer until almost frost. It's only bad habit, which is not too bad, is that the flowers, when shed, can make a rather unsightly mess under the shrub. I guess I can live with that; the flowers are really pretty, and attract bees and other beneficial insects. There are varieties of Althea that have white, purple or pink blooms. This one happens to be a light pink, with deep pink throats.

Here's a blossom without a bee:




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44 comments:

Snap said...

Beautiful, Pat. I'm fond of the Rose of Sharon. Nice memories.

Patty said...

Have a wonderful Sunday, snapping more flower photos. Abe's been out walking around the backyard, looking to see if there's anything new blooming.

Syaa_Fiqq said...

Lovely flower. The bee makes the photo even nicer. Wonderful shot Pat,
Have a nice day..

VALKYRIEN said...

I am so impresssed when people can tell one rose from another! To me it is a rose - and a beautiful rose! :) Love the little visitor!

Regina said...

I love this flower.
Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Leora said...

My rose of sharon is blooming, too. I especially love the blue and green in your top photo. Rich.

mimi said...

wow that's pretty light pink flower. lovely post.

Mia N said...

Very nice.Many photogarph has bee into the flowers.
It's good to see all these bees, it's important that bees are stil here on our palnet.

RuneE said...

What you do know about flowers - I'm impressed. So I hope the bumblebee is ;-)

Jackie said...

Pat, I love Altheas. I want lots and lots of doubles. I have the single Althea.
Yours is beautiful!!
Thank you for sharing the information and photo with us.
Smiles from Jackie

Arkansas Patti said...

That tears it, I am going to have to get a Rose of Sharon for I really miss my hibiscus. Really nice shots.

Titania said...

I grow rose of Sharon, mine looks a little different. Yours on show is very pretty, they are such beautiful, plants to enjoy in the garden. The photos are lovely with the visitors.

♥ Kathy♥ said...

Pat I love Rose of Sharon. One of our customers has 5 very large ones. I think the worst part about them is the amount of bumblebees it attracts. Can't get near the things to mow except in the early morning hours.
Very nice shots. =)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful flower Pat---including the bee.

Hope you have had a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I love this plant since it is such great summer color. One other drawback is that they make a lot of seedlings. We used to have two Rose of Sharons in the back yard, now there are several hundred.

Denise said...

Beautiful flowers Pat, love to see that little bumblebee in your top photo. They are such industrious little things and really interesting to watch. Thank you so much for sharing them. Have a great week.

Snowbrush said...

It grows here in the Willamette Valley too, as do many plants that do well in the South. I very much like it.

Naturegirl said...

Love this variety!The petals are different from the one I grow which resemble a Hibiscus! Lovely!

Pacey said...

Ah, white is really dainty, so delicate looking and i love your visitor. Have a nice week!

Louise said...

Beautiful, especially the first one. I love the sky behind it.

richies said...

Lovely flowers. great capture of the bumblebee!

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April said...

What a beautiful shrub. The flowers are so dainty looking. Wonderful photos!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Pat: What a neat shot with the bee, very cool.

Ebie said...

Rose of Sharon is sweet, and the bee is loving it!

Joanna said...

I didn't know what a Rose of Sharon looked like. I've heard of them but they don't grow up her on Vancouver Island. Nice capture of the bee.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Beautiful photos! So glad I found a fellow Arkansas gal through Kate's Chronicles of a Country Girl! Hope you'll check us out at stickhorsecowgirls! V.

Grace Olsson said...

oh my God...very sweet capture..congrats, dear and have a nice week
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Arija said...

A very robust shrub indeed, in my gardenthe lilac one flowers all year round.
Beatuful shots with the bumble bee.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I wish the rose of Sharon flowered as soon and as well in my gardens! Love the bee. ;-)

Diana said...

Here's a funny tale. When we first bought our house ten years ago, this strange looking plant that looked like a weed kept coming up in my yard. Year after year I would yank it out. Finally one year before I had a chance to pull it, a beautiful flower appeared. I was so excited and later found out from my then neighbor that it was a Rose of Sharon. They now line a third of my yard and are at least eight feet high. They are purple and pink. And they are persistent!

ArneA said...

Thanks for visiting my world. Hope to see you again

NitWit1 said...

I love the Rose of Sharon mainly because of a Religious hymn. The Rose of Sharon Biblically may not be the same as this but who knows for sure.

You are so lucky. You get a bee; I get a fly. I followed a very small butterfly around until I was sweating. It never lit long enough for me to focus. I gave up and went inside.

napaboaniya said...

Lovely Rose of Sharon you've captured :)

Hilary said...

Just beautiful, Pat. Your photos always are.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

That's very interesting. Very pretty flowers they are. I'm sure I have seen them here.

Moannie said...

Great detail in those pictures, when I try to get up close and personal my pics come out fuzzy; might help if I read the instruction book.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Pat

Wonderful post!
Thanks for posting for TODAY'S FLOWERS.

Don´t forget, my friend, next Sunday it will be your "GUEST DAY" on TODAY'S FLOWERS!
You can see now your flowers post there!
Mr. Linky's window opens only Sunday 14:00 gmt.
I will post your link in the first position for comments!

Luiz

pra said...

A really nice photo!

jabblog said...

Beautiful flowers and always good to see insects busy on them - our ecolosystems depend on them after all.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love photos of flowers with bees. This is lovely.

Sharodindu said...

Nice Shot... I love flowers very much...But have very poor knowledge about their name. Thanks for sharing :)

Grace Olsson said...

Hi Pat, how are u?
Have a nice sunday , dear
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guild-rez said...

Lovely pictures..
love Rose of Sharon in any colour!!
Thank you visiting and commenting.

wncmountainliving said...

Lovely photos - do like these flowers.