Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is VIVID.

Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’ (Hibiscus moscheutos) gets it name from its dark foliage and equally for its “vivid” flower. Nothing in my garden catches the eye more than this hibiscus when it is in bloom; it is truly marvelous. The flowers are about 8-9 inches across and scream “red!” on four to five foot stems…for about two months.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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7 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

  1. Aways fun to see your garden bloom a few weeks ahead of ours 😊


    • johnvic8 says:

      Hope I didn’t mislead you. That picture was from last year. My hibiscus is full of buds but still a week or two away from blooming.

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      • No John, I made an assumption, and you know what you get when you assume…. 😉 We don’t have even buds yet, but they will be here soon after all of our rain. I believe you are running 7-10 days ahead of us from your photos 😉 I do love the Hibiscus when they bloom!

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  2. Cathy says:

    Wow! What a beautiful flower!


  3. bittster says:

    That is vivid! I love hibiscus but am never sure what to do with them in the garden. They almost seem out of place because of their bold color. Maybe I need a whole garden devoted to them so they have company!


  4. johnvic8 says:

    When I bought this one I thought I was getting one with a paler pink. It certainly was right next to a pink one. It is doing so well, however, I don’t want to replace it, even thought it is a bit redder than most other plants in my garden. A neighbor has a white one of the same size that is quite lovely.


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