These flowers make me happy! Hibiscus are huge blooms, on a tall plant and they are bright spots of color in the garden. Not only are the flowers gorgeous, so are the buds. So intricately made. They amaze me. The flower itself is about the size of a dinner plate. They only last a few days, but I enjoy every second of it.
Aren’t those Hibiscus buds beautiful? I like them as much as I like the flower!
The only problem with the Hibiscus…
I’m not the only one who loves them. So do the Japanese Beetles! UG! I better enjoy them while I can. I wonder if these flowers taste as good as they look? Starbucks serves Hibiscus tea, so they must have a good flavor!
The Japanese Beetle was foreign to the United States. In 1916 the beetle was introduced to the US through imported goods. This beetle is not a major pest in Japan, but it is one of the most devastating pests to urban landscape in the States.
Japanese Beetles thrive on the midwest temperatures and the large areas of turf and natural grass pasture land. And they have no natural preditors here, so they thrive unchecked. You can see Japanese Beetle balls on the golf courses, thousands of beetles cluster together forming grapefruit sized balls. This is an attempt for males to mate with a female and they surround her. Fighting to be her chosen one.
Thousands of males on one female! Sounds too crowded to me! LOL