Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dead Flower Blooming


I am happy. This plant has run it's race. It's about to be removed from the landscape. We didn't know where it came from and except for the large flowers, would resemble a giant ragweed. I've been of the opinion that it is an eyesore similar to the lone sunflower standing in a field of soybeans. I've been recommending a liberal application of 2,4-D. Maybe the 2 pounds per acre rate. Marilyn has taken one for the plant on this one. The blossoms are gone and now I can cut it down without fear of getting on Marilyn's list. Right? What do you think should I ask permission? I've tried to live my life by the addage "Tis better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission". That was obviously written by someone who didn't care who they were sleeping with at the time.
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21 comments:

1 plus twins said...

is that a hybiscus?? my hubby killed mine while in ohio. i would love to have that in my yard. it is beautiful. why do you want to remove it??

Cliff Morrow said...

Hi Val, I don't know what it is I just think if I was going to plant something to cover up the house it might have been a tree. Let's just say I think it's a bit large for the front.

3rs said...

it looks like a hybiscus to me too. may i suggest a transplant.

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

I'm going to vote for transplanting the hibiscus to a similar environment - it's too pretty and too happy there. It's gorgeous, Cliff.

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

yes, pull it up..

then fed ex it here, i will give it a good home cliff, if u tell your wife it went to a good home, she wont mind, i swear:)

Cliff Morrow said...

I just figured up that I plant and successfully harvest about 105 million corn and soybeans plants every year. I know plants and I know weeds.
This is a weed.

Miki said...

looks like a rose of sharon to me, better watch out for shoots, if you pull it up, they will make new tiny plants for the world to see next year. If it is a hibiscus, don't do it, they are lovely in bloom. I personally would ask the spouse's permission,my spouse's anyhow.....you never know. The keeper of the gardens here is sensitive to all that is planted on the property, most of which he put on the "grounds."

Maria said...

I do believe I would discuss the removal of this plant with my spouse. I know you said it was a weed, but it does look beautiful especially to a desert dweller who has trouble getting anything except tumbleweed to grow.

Britmum said...

You know what they say Cliff, A woman scorned.....!

I would ask too. Besides Scragend is in my bad books so for the rest of this week I am on the wifes side.

Take care xx

Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

The best advice is in the last sentence of your blog. Ask yourself - where do I want to sleep tonight?
Ralph

Jerry said...

Cliff,
Don't hibiscus grow in tropical environments, like Hawaii? I know it's been hot in Nebraska, but where did that come from?

Anyways, I would have already cut it down before asking for advice. Kinda like asking if anyone would mind if you put down the family dog. But then again, I sleep alone every night. You do what's necessary.

terah said...

I think it's beautiful and that you should let your lovely wife do whatever she wants! :-)

Jim said...

That is a very pretty bush and a nice looking flower.

But it is too close to the house, it needs to go.
If you have a corn knife or a hatchet you can just chop it down. Then watch the stump and keep it down.
Easy. Oh yes, take Marilyn shopping at the nursery.

Now Mrs. Jim says it can be transplanted. Cut it back some first, maybe.
Be sure to replant it in a protected place, itvreally gets too cold in Nebraska for hybiscus.
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Peter said...

Well Cliff, I read all those comments all I can say is, I hope you did too, cos the concencus seemed to say, transplant rather than poison.
I'm gonna have an each way bet, it sure looks like a hibiscus, around my way they are a weed anyway, but then I live in a semi- tropical area.
Hope you can get to sleep all on your lonesome BTW.

Rhodent said...

Yup, it's a hibiscus. They grow like crazy here in Florida. I am surprised it wold survive the snowy weather though. Also, they tend to have tiny ants in the blooms around here... if you pick them for decorating your table, you will have little ants all over the place!

Rachel said...

It has pretty flowers. I'd ask Marilyn what she thinks before I sprayed it.....I think. Your decision though. Wonder what Red Green would do??? He'd say he's pulling for you! :) Good luck anyways.

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

Cliff, Hardy (not Tropical) Hibiscus do well to Zone 5. AKA Rose of Sharon.

Cliff Morrow said...

Mike, is there anything you know nothing about??
Thanks!
I found another one in a bed I don't deal with that is well on it's way to dominance of it's surroundings.
They may take over the farm.

Rhodent said...

Bad Cliff. Bad, bad Cliff!

Anonymous said...

Cliff:
It is a perninal hibiscus, they will grow in Nebraska. They are nice plant. They will grow about 6 feet tall and about 4 feet across at the most. We just planted three this past weekend.

TamWill said...

I dunno Cliff, that is a mighty pretty plant to me. Most women love flowers.

My husband mowed down my Pink Lady Hawthorne bush and I was flaming mad for over a week.