Rose of Sharon: Floral Friday


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to Rose of Sharon: Floral Friday

  1. When I was a kid in New Jersey, my dad had a flowering tree he called a Rose of Sharon. It didn’t look like a traditional rose bush of which he’d planted dozens, but it also didn’t look like the hibiscus usually called by this name. Still, I loved the tree because it bore my name. Your pictures are beautiful, showing the blooms several ways. I hadn’t thought of the plant in our yard for many years until I saw your photos, Irene, so thank you for the sweet memory.

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  2. I had a plant like this, but I believe it died this winter. Mine had soft pink blossoms. I heard it called a Confederate Rose. I loved the white and deep pink/red contrast on your variety. Absolutely gorgeous! Terrific photos. I also like that yours grows like a small tree. Mine was more a bush. Thanks so much for sharing this one.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Gorgeous, flashy flowers – at first I thought they were peonies. I had a wall of peonies in my garden in Chicago, but they don’t do well in North Carolinal I never knew what Rose of Sharon looked like.

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  4. armetisius says:

    I am sorry but what you are displaying is in no way a Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus. It is, as suggested above, a plant known as Confederate Rose, Hibiscus mutabilis. It has a pithy stem that will NEVER become woody as it is not one of the shrubby hibiscus but one of the perennial types.

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