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Red Wine – Hibiscus – Rose Of Sharon – Okra

Yes … Now I have a medical excuse to drink all the red wine I can And I will.
I’ll cut back as soon as I am called that skinny guy 🙂 O-Happy day are here again.
Can a glass of red wine help burn fat cells?
Yea… New research suggests a chemical from the extracts in red grapes and red wine might help the body burn fat cells. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers exposed human liver and fat cells in vitro to natural extracts taken from Muscadine grapes, a variety of dark-red grapes native to southeastern U.S. One of the four chemicals tested, ellagic acid did something pretty cool: it significantly halted the growth of existing fat cells, while also keeping new ones from forming.
As an added perk, it also boosted the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver cells.

Hibiscus and it’s relatives, Rose of Sharon and Okra produce beautiful blooms and comes in many colors range from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow. Flowers range is size from 1 1/2 to 7 inches (4–18 cm) across.

Okra is a member of the hibiscus family. Okra has one of the most beautiful blooms in the vegetable garden and can be grown almost any where for its beautiful flowers. Cooler USDA zones may have to short of a growing season to produce good fruit crops, however Okra still makes a great choice for a back of border flowering plant.

Plant okra directly in garden soil when night time temperatures remain above 55 degrees and your soil has warmed to 65 to 70 degrees.
To improve germination, soak seeds overnight in warm (Not Hot) water. Sow seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart. Set out transplants to stand 12 to 18 inches apart in rows 24 to 42 inches apart.

Okra’s first pods will be ready in 50 to 60 days. Harvest the pods when still immature (2 to 3 inches long). Pick at least every other day to encourage production. Use a knife to cut the stem just above the cap.

Rose of Sharon generally speaking will do well in USDA zones 5-9. It can get 8′-10′ tall and have a spread of 4′-6′. Blooms colors can be white, red, lavender or light blue. Some varieties have double blooms.

Pruning Rose of Sharon. Is naturally a multi-stemmed shrub(bush), this plant can be trained through pruning to have simply one main trunk; thus some people refer to it as rose of sharon “tree.” Prune in late winter or early spring, this is one of the shrubs that bloom on the current season’s(new) growth.

Rose of sharon prefers full sun and well drained soil and good air flow around plants. Older bushes may fall prey to fungal damage if grown in areas without full sun and good ventilation.

Its attractive and plentiful blooms make’s it capable of holding its own as a specimen. One’s ability to shape rose of sharon also makes the shrub a prime candidate for hedges. It could be used to achieve privacy around swimming pools, for instance. Take advantage of this late summer flowering shrubs to keep your landscaping colorful.

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