My neighbor's hibiscus
A few years ago, one of my neighbors told me that her favorite flower is hibiscus. We went to a big box garden center, got some tropical hibiscus, and planted them in front of her house. But this photo is not of *those* hibiscus. See, those hibiscus looked beautiful all summer long, but they died over the winter because they were not cold-hardy for our climate. The following summer, while she and her family were away, I surprised her by planting perennial 'Lord Baltimore' hibiscus. This summer they are bigger and more beautiful than ever, just starting to bloom now, and she is so excited to get to enjoy them again. You know what: me too.