Exclusive Nestlebrae Hibiscus

 

Cutting-grown plants became available again from the middle of January 2022. New listings will appear and change in this section of the website as plants become available, or are sold.
In time many different new selections will be offered, but only a few plants of each. I am not a wholesaler supplying bulk orders.
The price for Nestlebrae Exotics plants is $35 each, or 3 plants for $90
[They can be 3 different flowers, or all the same if I have enough plants of that chosen sort. It’s your choice from what I have listed on this website.]

Yes, I can send plants to you.
I use Aramex Couriers. The plants must go into a box. It can hold up to three plants [that is, hibiscus plants]. Price indication: $10 for a box, and the courier charge to deliver a box to Auckland, for example, is a bit more than $20 approximately.
Also, I usually come to Auckland from Kerikeri once a month. I can often bring plants with me for you- if you can meet me in Grey Lynn in central Auckland where I stay. Then you don’t need a box for the plants, and no courier fees, so that there is only a single $10 charge to you.

You can also pick them up directly from me at my home, but you must make an arrangement with me beforehand. Click on “Contact” near the top right side of any of my website pages to send me a message. To see where I live, click on the map besides “Where I am” at the foot of any page on the website.

 

And I should add that there are also a relatively small number of plants that I didn’t import seeds for, or select from seedlings I’d grown.  They include traditionally available plants on the New Zealand hibiscus market in mainstream stores, now or in the past. Look for them in the section called just “Hibiscus” on this website. And they are just $25 each.

 

 

*I am trialling many plants outdoors now, and I have other promising ones still indoors. In 2008 I started my experimentation with new seeds from good breeders living overseas. My aim has been to choose the better ones of my new flowers, and eventually offer them for sale, accompanied by a brief description and a photo.

*Some of my new plants will not be given a longer trial. There will be nothing wrong with them as hibiscus flowers, but if they overlap too much with the look of the flowers on the plants that I am already growing and keeping, then I will sell them.

Space is limited, and choices have to be made!

Each such plant will be unique. If you buy one, then you can call it after anything or anybody you want to: a friend; your wife; Mum; your aunt who gardens; other people who matter in your life, male or female; whatever!  $60 each.

* I am looking to choose ones with these characteristics:

-reasonably vigorous;

-the flowers present themselves well on the plant- i.e. they don’t hang down so that you can’t see them properly.

 

Here are some of my plants that had been in the ground for several years when I took the pictures. Flowering was definitely strengthening as the plants put on some bulk.

This is ‘Jane Verbitsky’. (There are several entries about her, and the others, in the Flower of the Month section of this website.)

 

‘Miku Abe’ was named after a very good Japanese wwoofer we had on South Kaipara Head at an earlier stage of Nestlebrae Exotics.

 

‘Strawberries and Chocolate’ is starting to look as active as a Whittakers chocolate factory!

 

A Summer picture of ‘John Prince’, across from my kitchen window.

 

Here’s a photo of the human version of John Prince

And here’s a photo of an art work by Kerikeri artist Valerie Hunton which first went public at her 80th birthday show at Kaan Zamaan gallery in Kerikeri in early 2016. It was painted after I’d brought her many new hibiscus flowers to focus on. She called it ‘Portrait of John Prince’.

 

On the other hand…

And here’s an example of one which will never come to anything in our climate. Very big flowers (over 10inches/25cm in diameter) are usually too floppy, in my experience, They don’t have the inherent strength in the petals to look any good. When affected by stormy and windy weather it’s clear they just won’t do. This one has basic good looks, but it’s not fit to be a garden subject. Others have never had the strength, even under plastic, to present all the petals well. They can be even a lot worse than this large and distinctive red outdoors. I’m not releasing ones like this. It’s actually the flower in front of ‘Marilyn’ at the very start of this website! It turns out that I was just very lucky that day to find a perfect flower in front of the garden statue.

 

Exclusive Nestlebrae Hibiscus for Sale

 

Many of those listed below are out of stock, but, as of January 2022 I am embarking on much extending the sorts of plants I’ve grown and liked, and having them “in stock” again.

 

Amigo’s #1 Friend

Amigo was the name of the best cat I ever owned. A sleek black gentleman who lived his own life, roamed a lot, yet was still original, personality plus, and very friendly (on his terms). An outdoorsman. I didn’t manage to bring his plant up north with me. I do have two other plants from seeds in the same pod. This one is pretty good, especially if you like things like ‘Smoky Mountain’, which was a commercial release in Aotearoa some years ago. It’s like a paler, less assertive, version of ‘Amigo’. But still very, very nice. [out of stock]


 


Blue Minnie

A genuine miniature with both a small bush and a miniature simple flower (3-4 inches across). Some years ago I had both this little grey-blue flower and another small flower which was a double and pink. There was also a little dog I called “Minnie”, so that’s how the flowers got their names. One photo is on a shrub with a leaf that brings out the grey-blue tones.

$35


Bruce

Here’s a secret. I have really minimal interest in pop and rock music. After a couple of years in my midteens I gave up on the hit parades of the day, and grew an interest in bebop and modern jazz from the late 50s and on into the early 60s. Then I got deeper and deeper into Romantic and Post-Romantic serious (“classical”) music thru to my own era. There is one big exception. You work it out.

The flower is tough in our weather, holds its colour well, and sometimes has white spots like this and sometimes doesn’t. The flower in the photo is not quite fully open.

($35, when I have it.)    Ooopps! I’ve taken cuttings, but they won’t be ready till the end of 2022, or even early 2023, so this entry is a bit premature.


Christine Wolf

In about our last three years on South Kaipara Head we had wwoofers from time to time. [People, usually young, volunteering to work for half the day on properties, preferably organic ones, in return for board. A way of seeing not just the world, but meeting some of the people in the real/non-tourist Aotearoa.] Rosemary’s idea to join, and it was a very good one.

One of the very best wwoofers we had gave me the name of this flower. From eastern Germany, she was a pleasure to know, a good helper and worker, stayed four times with us, drove around the South Island in a little old car one of our daughters had, and I sometimes said Christine was rather like “a third daughter”.

$35


Christmas Eve 2011

I moved here in October 2011. The first ever flower on this bush came out, to my delight, on … well, you look at the name I gave it! Has continued to please me very much, and it grows outside one of the bedroom windows at my place. White flowers are not as common in hibiscus as many people seem to expect. This is a lovely example, and note that it’s not quite completely white.  $35


Copper Iguana

The parents were ‘Copper King’ crossed (in America) with ‘Iguana’. Do that, and you’ll get something like this flower. ‘Copper Iguana’ has a blurry pink centre. Some of the other results of this cross were variously and more strongly coloured in the throat and in the markings. This one blends in more sedately. Small-medium flower, about 15cm/6inches across.

[out of stock]


Devilish Look

This one dates well back into my earlier years here at Nestlebrae North. It was one of my great moments here (and there’ve been a number of them) that occurred when I walked into my original big plastic house, not knowing that the particular plant, amongst many new seedlings, had a swollen first flower on it. To my surprise it had opened a “Wow!” of a completely new flower.

Here’s part of a descriptive note that I wrote about it in 2012. ‘Devil’s Eye x Stormy Rainbow’. Yes, certainly some sort of underworld eye! Bright deep acid yellow going into a sort of dull sooty green with a white ring around deep burgundy red in the centre.”  And the second photo is another look at how I completed a section on this website. (Click on ‘About Us’ at the top of any page, and look in the Nestlebrae Today section at its end.)   Price:$35

[out of stock till late 2022]


Eleanor’s Christmas

In the week before Christmas 2019 my younger daughter Eleanor paid me a very nice visit. My Yumberry plants had their first real crop. And another thing happening then was the appearance of nice flowers of this hibiscus. Hence the name.  More intense oranges were strongly visible in the flowers, and that look then fades over the next couple of days to a lighter, but still very good, pattern and colour display.   $35


Far Blue

 

This is not my most inspired name for a new variety, I do admit. Nevertheless, the flower has a low key, but distinct, attraction about it, and many people respond. I put a number of “blue” plants on the back edge of the garden that is to my right if I sit on the swing seat near my back door, mostly before dinner. Plants such as this show colours of a palette of blue, purple, grey, and brown. You don’t get the bright red-orange-yellow flowers from this group. This one is at the far end of these plantings. I needed one day to name it quickly, and thus  ‘Far Blue’ arrived. It seems to flower fairly freely.   $35


Fiery Garter

A medium sized flower (15cm/6inches) that is yellow on the rim, moving through orange into reddish tones more centrally. For me, this is an old one in terms of my engagement with hibiscus while I still lived on South Kaipara Head. Its first flowering was right back in 2009, and it was probably the first bright yellow-red flower I’d produced from imported seeds. The parental cross was ‘Mini Skirt’ x ‘Wedding Day’, so I envisaged a rather sassy bride with a ‘Fiery Garter’.  [out of stock]


Francesca T

In September 2014 I made this flower the “Flower of the Month’ (see  the record of this in the website section on Flowers of the Month).  She was my first yoga teacher, and I really enjoyed her classes, despite my aged awkwardness.  It was a good choice, and the flower itself is a very good example of a hibiscus breeder creating an excellent “rainbow” type. $35


Golden Girl

   

I was looking for a really good flower to name after a particularly close friend. When I came across this one day in the plastic house area with newly raised seedling hibiscus, I knew I’d found what I wanted. So, battered by long exposure to the wild and wet weather of early February 2022, the photo shows she really does stand up to life and the elements. On good days too, definitely a friend to lots of people, and to lots of bees it turns out.  $35


Jane Verbitsky

In real life Jane was a long term and good colleague when I was teaching in the Politics Department at Auckland University. A little more of the story is told in the ‘Flower of the Month’ section of this website. (Click on ‘Products’ again; then on ‘Flower of the Month’: go back down to both April 2015 and May 2012 for more photos, and a little bit more of the history.) $35


John Prince

This was the first really good flower that I noticed after moving north in October 2011. I think it had a couple of flowers while I was still on South Kaipara Head, but I treated it as being as good as new. So I called it ‘Ness Road #1’.  It was that for several years, but I liked it so much, and it was on my new property, so I began to wonder if I could call it ‘John Prince’. That felt a bit too flashy a thing to do. I tried out the idea when I took 3 or 4 couples around the property over about 15 months. They all said something like “just do it! now!”. I did it. And gradually got used to the idea. No worries now!  A good medium size, great and distinctive clear colours, grows strongly outdoors, and displays plenty of flowers.   $35.


Marian’s Return

Our older daughter came back after her big trip to South America and Canada just as this was flowering for the first time. Rather complex colour scheme when closely studied. Big medium sized flower. Strong impact. [out of stock]


Miku Abe

A very nice young Japanese wwoofer who lived with us for some weeks before I came north to a new location near Kerikeri.  We got on well with her, and this flower was a recognition of that fact.

[$35]  Out of stock…there were only a couple available in early 2022; more coming at the end of the year.


Mona Siegele

Another connection to a wwoofer. Mona was from eastern Germany and she was with a boyfriend who was Brazilian. The only language they in common was English, which they were still learning. Later on after their considerable time with us, they married outdoors on a Kiwi beach. Nice one!

$35


Mustard Greens

A smallish-medium sized, greenish edged, yellow-brown (i.e. a sort of mustard colour with greenish edging). Small red throat. It has been quite floriferous in a bed in my front lawn. Unusually coloured- definitely not your traditional NZ hibiscus. Lots of people I’ve showed around Nestlebrae North have rather liked it. Definitely different, but not in a challenging way. $35


Nana Moessner

A gorgeous large and vibrant mid-deep red with a darker centre. Light gold dusting along the edge of many petals. These petals are often large, and in the range of 22cm/8 1/2inches. Nana was a German wwoofer who was with us for a while, together with her husband Jan, at South Kaipara Head. They were excellent people whose company we both enjoyed. $35


Ness Road #2

This is the result of sprouting another seed from the same seed capsule which gave me’ Ness Road #1′.  In time ‘Ness Road #1’ was renamed ‘John Prince’. This flower, ‘Ness Road #2’ is a fine flower in its own right. It’s not as intense as ‘John Prince’. The main colour on the face of the flower is a nice milder brown/tan colour. Side by side, you can see the relationship between the two flowers. It’s a good standard size also. $35


Oni in Alaska

 

On the face of it this might seem like a strange name for a hibiscus I’ve raised from seed. The origins of the name are discussed on this website in the “Flower of the Month” section.

Take a look at the November 2014 entry to read about the connection to Oni. It’s a bit like a lovely softened rainbow compared to some of the other circular modern “rainbow” patterns.

The flower is clearly of the “rainbow” type. And the photo on the left is as clear a demonstration of that with this flower that I’ve seen. It hadn’t been open long to look like that. More typical is the softer look on the right.  $35


Oranges and Lemons

I think we can all work out where the name came from!  It seems to be fairly hardy and productive for me.  The flowers hang on, and keep their shapes quite well. Mid-sized. $35


Pale Blue Flash

Very pleasant soft pale blue-purple and mauve colours, veining and flower centre being white. A small-medium flower in size. Part of the parentage is cv. ‘Electric Blue’, and my name for it draws on this fact. [out of stock]


Pink Minnie

A small flower, but not a true miniature. Also, it’s a double, and on a normal sized bush (so far) at my place. (compare ‘Blue Minnie’ above)  [out of stock]


Premonition of Autumn

A good medium sized flower with yellow, orange, pink-red, grey with green hints, purple, and a burgundy centre. This first flowered for me as autumn was nearly happening, so the subdued colours fitted my mood. $35 [out of stock]


Rosemary’s Favorite

She says it might be succeeded now with all the new selections I’ve made, but this was her favorite at the time we left South Kaipara Head in late 2011. Flowering since 2015 for me at Waipapa. [out of stock]


Run Gabriel, Run!

This is a cross of ‘Gabriel’ with ‘Rumrunner’, a fact which led me to invent this name for it. It has a soft orange rim which evolves into a stronger pink as you go towards the centre. Then purple tones follow, and they lead into a very pale blue, ending centrally with a very strong and deep burgundy eye. Good parents contribute to this result. $35


Second Letterbox Pink

A second plain pink and white flower located near my Ness Road letterbox. $35 [out of stock]


Shadows on the Moon

The stronger colours of the first day fade, and then for several more days it has “shadows” on the normal (paler) face of the “moon”. About 17.5cm/7inches- i.e. a medium sized flower. It is a nice, relatively uncluttered flower given the range of tonings. Reddish in the central throat. And it bears flowers early and well for me.  $35 [out of stock]


Strawberries and Chocolate

At last: I have now listed this one for sale.  Back in the Flower of the Month on this website in July-August 2013 I wrote the words below, and they still will do to introduce it. Moreover, up above, in the introductory part of this current section you are reading, is a photo of this plant in full flowering.

“It’s Wimbledon Week as I write this, and what could be more appropriate (perhaps with some cream added) than a good dish of ‘Strawberries and Chocolate’? And here it is!”

$35  For the plant, not the Wimbledon version.


Towering Inferno

This was the best of the strong yellow and red flowers from my early years of importing hibiscus seeds. It also grew very tall under plastic while still in a bag. The name came naturally then. $35

[out of stock]


Violet Love Letters

Gorgeous violet flower with warm red brick edges for a few hours, edging fading quickly to a yellow-straw, pale brown, band. The name really fitted the flower, for me. The parent flowers were Moorea Violet Moon x M. Love Letter. Further, I had strong memories from being a small boy and seeing some mail that my mother still possessed from her oldest brother who died in France in the First World War. Colours on some of the mementoes reminded me of this. [out of stock] Yes, it’s out of stock, but if I can find a cutting grown one, and there is a chance, then I’ll get it back for myself, and for sale, as soon as I can. It was lovely.


A reminder (see the top of this page): all of the exclusive Nestlebrae hibiscus listed on this page are $35 each, or 3 for $90. I often won’t have three of a particular flower. Remember, I only deal in small numbers of each. And a great deal of the entries are now out of stock. I am embarking on producing many new cutting grown hibiscus plants, and while doing that I’ll be looking get the ones above out of the category of being out of stock. They will be in stock again, in time.

Another reminder: there are some more traditional plants on the New Zealand market in this website under just “Hibiscus” for $25 each.


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