“Desert Rose”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
My very good neighbors have been out of town for a few days, and I have been taking care their plants. With all the heat and little rain, the container plants especially needs looking after. Fortunately, we had a much needed rain shower late yesterday afternoon, and it dropped 1.7 inches of rain, the most we have had in months. So, this morning when I went to check on things, I brought my camera to take a photo or two of their desert rose plant which is in bloom. I just love the color of these flowers, a dark cherry red. The camera just does not show the true color, unfortunately. There really isn’t that much pink in the center when you see it in person.
I would love to have one of these plants, but it is hardy only to zone 10 and would have to be protected during the winter. I already have too many plants that I bring in or cover when freezing temperatures are predicted, and I just can’t add any more, so I will have to enjoy the neighbors’ flowers. But, every time I pass by this container of gorgeous, red flowers, I want one of these plants.
The desert rose (Adenium obesum) seems to be an easy to care for plant, just very tender. If I didn’t already have so many plants to take care of in winter time, this plant with the showy, red flowers definitely would be on my patio right now.