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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Late Summer Beauty

The Chiropractor adjustment went much better today than it did yesterday, I was so jammed up!

Massage afterwards has taken care of really tight muscles and made it so much easier to move.

I hope resting with an ice pack will take care of inflammation so I can fly to Dallas tomorrow!

I am taking a moment to post these pictures because I want to share just a bit of breathtaking late summer beauty ---this bush is growing on the side walk next to where my Chiropractor’s office is.

I am not sure what kind of plant this is! Is it a kind of hibiscus?

Whatever it is, it is the most GLORIOUS shade of lavender-pink.

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Of course the sky is also my favorite shade of Carolina Blue!

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This is one of those days where I stop to smell the flowers as it were ((These don’t really smell like anything!)) and appreciate all I have in my life.  Family, home, friends, health ((Even though my mobility is nagging at me at the moment!)) and all the folks I’ve met through this blogiverse and this lifesteyle we call QUILTING.

Green, lavender-pink and blue ---a bit of yellow.  Quilt-possible, don’t you agree!?

Back to the ice-pack.

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39 comments:

Gwen said...

This is what my grandmother called an Althea. There may be another more proper name. They are related to the hibiscus and they are both related to okra!

April said...

It looks like a double hibiscus (at least that's what we all call them here). We have them here in Houston. Have a safe flight to Texas! It's still plenty warm here!

Sandie said...

The bush is a variety of Rose of Sharon, and is a member of the Hibiscus family. These strains can be grown as shrubs or pruned to grow as a tree, and the blooms are shades of white, pink or lavender. Growing up in Western Pa, I loved to pretend I was in Hawaii, and sneak a needle and thread to make lei's with the pretty purple blooms on the one outside my parents kitchen door!

Loris said...

Good news about your back! The flowers and sky are gorgeous!

Lori Huffman said...

So glad the Chiropractor and massage therapist were able to help relieve some of your discomfort Bonnie. Take care and try not to overdo it! Hugs.

Jackie said...

I agree with Sadie, these blooms are from a double Rose of Sharon. They are in abundant bloom in my area of TN right now. Sort of a sign of fall coming. Take care of your back. My husband is at the Chiropractor right now too.

Bonnie K Hunter said...

to OKRA?! How weird!

Sharon Green said...

Glad you are feeling better. So much travel in such a short time may have been a little much for you. I have one of these lovely bushes in my yard beside my hibiscus and rose of Sharon bushes. It is a hardy plant that blooms all summer long. Mine looks more like carnation flowers because they are double blooms. Thanks so much for sharing your travels with us! Take care.

Mary said...

Yes, Take care. I am friends with my ice pack a lot with my trips to the Chiro. I' have never had a real Massage. Love those colors. Maybe for the next Mystery???

Nancy said...

SO beautiful! Thanks for sharing. So happy that you are feeling better. Take care and have a safe trip!

Carol Candlish said...

What a gorgeous flower! Glad you are on the mend, back trouble is no fun for sure. Have a great trip to Texas!

Nancy S. said...

I have always known them to be Althea. I have a double red in my front yard & a single pink in the back. They always remind me of my grandmother because she had several. Glad to hear that you are feeling better.
Warning its hot down here in Texas..... just preparing you for tomorrow.

Mary said...

Whatever the name, they are a gorgeous color

Julie Vee said...

Pack on the ice!!!!! Anyone would be in knots after the traveling you have been doing as of late.

Yes, isn't it the truth ... we all need to take time to smell the rose, and be thankful for ALL we have. If you are sitting typing on the computer here in Quiltville, there is a GREAT chance you have a life to be grateful for living.
Smiles,
JulieinTN

Eileen S said...

Double Hibiscus or Double Rose of Sharon. My nursery says they are the same plant. Someone else told me they are cousins. Whatever.....they are gorgeous! Oh, and they don't grow very fast. I planted one 8 years ago and it's still not quite waist high. So, I'd suggest buying a more mature plant!
The worst story I have to tell about this plant is, right before we moved in the fall, I bought 2 beautiful red ones in pots to hold over for our new yard. In the spring, they were dead....DEAD. (Or so I thought) Anyway, I threw them away. THEN found out that they look dead until later in the summer. Boo Hoo!!!

Betty said...

When we bought our current house, it came with a flowering bush just like that. I took a bloom with me to a guild meeting on day to ask some of the gardeners in the group what it might be. Just as I walked in the door one lady said "Oh, what a beautiful Althea". The next person I encountered said I had a double Rose of Sharon and that it is also known as Althea. I also have a white single. They are very hardy, as I don't have a green thumb and they are still living after 12 years under my care.

HelenMarie said...

Bonnie, it looks like a Rose of Sharon to me. We have a deeper pink one in our yard. Love them!

Diana said...

I'm actually making a baby girl( for new grand baby due in Nov.) quilt in those colors right now. They do look so good together. Enjoy the rest of your day, glad you are feeling better.

Rita said...

So sorry to hear you have been having back trouble Bonnie - and I hope you see the back of that trouble real soon. Thank you so much for featuring my quilt on your blog, that was a big surprise! I am so proud and delighted. :0)

Loretta said...

Glad you are feeling better today! Chiropractic and massage are such great helps to me. I've just had my first consultation with someone about adding/using essential oils, too. Anxious to see if they help. :)

Julierose said...

SO sorry about your back, Bonnie! I totally empathize; have a recurring lower back thingey, too! I ice for 20 minutes face down on floor (leaves wonderful marks on my cheeks from the yoga mat hehehe!) and then turn over to do 3 simple easy stretches ....if you want them, I will be glad to forward instructions....this has helped me tremendously...best to you Julierose P.S. am still doing your scrappy strippies (be still my heart!!)

Pauline said...

So glad your back is better, and hope it keeps improving. Yes the colors of sky and flower are perfect, always take a color lesson from nature and you can't go wrong. Althea and Rose of Sharon are the two names I know for this beautiful bush. You could probably plant it at your "cabin" and enjoy them for years to come.

Sandie said...

Althes is a particular variety of Rose of Sharon (Just like roses, each variety has a different name given to it, usually by the person that developed it) for more pictures to compare it to check here
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http://www.naturehills.com/bushes-and-shrubs/rose-of-sharon-shrubs?gclid=CIDWzrPfsrkCFcbm7Aod8DwAdw

Tinliz said...

We have many of these lovely Rose of Sharon's in our senior living complex. The humming birds love them.

Ran into some friends who said that they had recently been on a cruise to Alaska. There were 50 quilters on their cruise ship!

Tinliz said...

We have many of these lovely Rose of Sharon's in our senior living complex. The humming birds love them.

Ran into some friends who said that they had recently been on a cruise to Alaska. There were 50 quilters on their cruise ship!

SandraC said...

I also say Rose of Sharon. I have a lovely one...but my boyfriend has a plague of them at his place!.....they grown in the lawn like dandelions, they are his bane, that's for sure!!! When I tell him that people pay good money to have these in their gardens he can hardly believe it. They grow so wildly at the side of his house, also, where the electricity and gas meters are that the meter readers complain that they can't get access to the meters. He has tried everything to keep them at bay but nothing seems to help. lol, one persons trash is another's treasure!

Julie Kennedy said...

Hope you feel better soon, not fun being in pain! The flower is beautiful, DH has a cousin named Althea but never heard of the flower, I have a black thumb so mainly leave plants alone so I don't kill them! Julie

Karen said...

Looks like a double Rosé of Sharon. Beautiful! If you've never checked into one before Bonnie, find yourself a Dr. Of Osteopathy... I go to one in Ithaca, NY that is a miracle worker! Seriously I cannot say enough good things about them. If you need more info about them, drop me a note... Haven't seen my Chiropractor since I started with the DO and many less visits needed. Amazing stuff... Hugs, Karen

mascanlon said...

Just lovely flower and color. Hoping your are feeling better this evening. So hard to travel like a pretzel!

miss jamee said...

be very careful traveling tomorrow!

Deb Hartwig said...

I was never a girls girl, and didn't wear much pink. I even avoided it in my quilts. ...but lately I have had so many requests for pink quilts to use in cancer fund raisers I have made numerous pink quilt, and have almost become addicted to the color! Though I must admit, I prefer pink in these flowers. Gorgeous! Hope your night is better, and you have safe and comfortable travels!

Deb Reiner said...

Glad to hear your back is feeling better! What lovely flowers! Deb

Dorothy Matheson said...

Rose of Sharon is the common name here in Texas. Lovely plant. Single and double varieties. They come White to Dark Pink White with pink centers too.

Lynn McIndoe said...

I have had several of these but I dont find them long lived- attacked by some insect which bores holes in the main stem. In New Zealand we do not call them Altheas but the common name is still Rose of Sharon- Hibiscus Syriacus is what I know them as. I have just googled to check the spelling,a nd I see it is the National flower of South Korea.
Good to get your body back to comfortable before travelling. Being bent double in an aeroplane is not the best position for a bad back.

Quiltingloulou said...

Oh Bonnie, I do sympathise with you. I had a back problem for over three years which was absolute agony. I had epidural injections in my back but these did little to help. Over time, it did ease and has got a lot better. I hope you recover quickly to enjoy your trip to Dallas. You must take care of your back!!

sao said...

I am glad that you stopped to smell the flowers - and shared them with us. I hope your back continues to improve!

TAKE CARE!!!

sao in Midlothian, VA

Darlene Contadino said...

Hope you are feeling better. Do you have a nice ergonomic chair for when you quilt? It would be worth the investment with all the quilting you do. Take care of yourself! We all need you.

Lady of the Cloth said...

I am glad you are feeling better you energizer bunny. I don't know how you do all you do. The bush is a Rose of Sharon. We have a lavender one down the street from me and I enjoy it from afar.

Ivani said...

Hope you are felling better today, take care Bonnie, it is not fun back pain. Beautiful lavender pink flower, here in Brazil they are named as Hibiscus (as far as I know).