Wednesday, November 22

Amapola

Amapola is the name here for a Hibiscus.
They grow everywhere. Mostly they are used as a natural hedge for a property line. They are easily propagated. Cuttings can be taken from the more mature Amapolas. From the cutting, just cut off both ends, the bottom cut at a slant, strip off smaller branches, and stick them in the ground. They plant them in a cross-hatch pattern for fullness later. It's a fast grower so in a year, you have a beautiful natural fence.
I trimmed my hedge until it grew thick and now it is ten foot tall.
It is full of flowers and the iguanas and birds use it as their haven.
Different birds make their nest in the inner part. Hummingbirds flit from flower to flower. The iguanas crawl throughout the hedge and go out to the end of the limb to reach the flower. I never knew iguanas ate amapola flowers.
Definitely, full of life and color.

4 comments:

JustJen said...

Interesting! Thanks for all the lessons you didn't know you were providing. :) Any idea what hydrangias are called? I don't think the Ticos would get it if I called them Martha Stewart flowers.

TICA MACHA said...

I've purchased hydrangias but they didn't last long down here on the coast where it gets soooo hot. Others like impatients and cool climate plants don't survive either. I love hibicus because they are survivors, hot or cold.

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