Me again, sorry lots of gardening questions today!
In my garden there is a tree or very large shrub that I honestly thought was dead when we moved in. It has very pale bark. In the spring it got covered with small bright pale green leaves and it's now covered in lovely dark purple flowers. I'm so glad we didn't assume it was dead and chop it down!
Any ideas what it is? The flowers have soft, papery petals about the size of small roses. My dad is stumped (he's not often stumped!).
I've just googled hibiscuses (?) and the flowers all seem to have a very prominent thing in the middle (stamen? anther? something like that!). These flowers don't have a definite centre, they're all furled in together like a fluffy rose. The ends of the branches are covered in clusters of buds - each flower drops off quite quickly though.
Thanks for looking! Just googled that, nope! Those have bell shaped flowers and look lighter purple than mine.
Honestly, I was so close to getting choppy with it! Even broke off a bit of branch to see if it was dead - it was brittle and dry and very dead looking. My dad said to give it a chance and see if it did anything!
DailyWail I bow to your greater knowledge. Tis a hibiscus. I know because someone wrote in to Amateur Gardening magazine with a picture of her hibiscus which has buds which haven't opened. It's exactly the same and some of my buds did that too! Not only have I identified my mystery tree, I have found out that it needs some sulphate of potash!