Faces Mural, New Port Richey, Florida

New Port Richy, Florida is a suburban town on the west coast of Florida NW of Tampa

 

I live in central Florida in Pasco County northwest of Tampa.  Today I’m sharing a beautiful mural in New Port Richey.  There are murals on several of the downtown buildings, and they are fun to explore. My favorite is the one at the corner of Main and Bank Street, entitled, “A 1920’s Day on the Pithlachascotee River,” by Keith Goodson, because it uses local people’s faces on the 1920’s characters.  The building is on the right in the photo below. The mural starts with signs on the left side facing Main Street. The mural wraps around the health dept. building and down the sidewalk of Bank Street on the right.

 

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New Single Red Hibiscus

Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Tropical hibiscus grows permanently in the landscape in warmer U.S. Dept of Agriculture  zones 9 through 11, unless they are taken indoors in winter. Outdoors, one freeze – below 25 degrees Fahrenheit – will kill them   A hibiscus flower usually has five petals (a single hibiscus). 

 

Recently I purchased 4 new tropical hibiscus. Several weeks ago I shared my two beautiful new yellow single hibiscus plants.  My two red hibiscus were $7.98 each  which is a wonderful deal.  Today we’ll look at my new single hibiscus in red and compare it to my older established double hibiscus. (Double hibiscus have multiple layers of petals for a ruffled look.)

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New Yellow Tropical Hibiscus

Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Tropical hibiscus grows permanently in the landscape in warmer U.S. Dept of Agriculture  zones 9 through 11, unless they are taken indoors in winter. Outdoors, one freeze – below 25 degrees Fahrenheit – will kill them   A hibiscus flower usually has five petals (a single hibiscus).

 

Recently I purchased four new tropical hibiscus plants.  Two plants have bright, sunny yellow single hibiscus flowers which is a first for me.

 

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Liz’s Amaryllis

(Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida.)

 

Down the street is my neighbor Liz.  I introduced her a year ago when she let me snap photos of her amaryllis flowers.  Again I was driving past her house and saw the bright red flowers.  I parked at home and walked up to see her beautiful blooms.

 

 

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Glass of Sweet Peas

Sweet peas are climbing plants that bear clusters of flowers in a wide variety of colors including red, pink, blue, white, and lavender.  Sweet pea flowering time occurs during different seasons based on where you reside. Areas with cooler summer temperatures can expect flowers in late spring into fall. Whereas, those living in warmer regions can expects flowers in winter and spring.

 

 

Central Florida has two growing seasons – warm season and cool season.  The heat and humidity of summer and fall prohibits growing many plants that do well in northern climates in the summer.  Central Florida’s best growing season is between October and late spring.

 

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