Yesterday I learned something new about hibiscus (and other plants too). Almost from the time I bought my hibiscus, I've noticed ants on it. They didn't seem to be hurting it, so I didn't think too much about it other than they were a nuisance. About 3 days ago, though, I noticed that the branches were coated with these tiny little black bugs, and the ants were crawling all over them! So yesterday I sat down at my computer and did some research. Turns out that the little black bugs were aphids, and the ants were feasting on the excretions of the aphids. I also learned that where you have ants, you probably have aphids; get rid of the aphids, get rid of the ants. The remedy was to mix up a solution of liquid soap and water, spray them in the evening and let it sit all night, then blast the aphids off the plant with a water hose in the morning. My hibiscus is now aphid-free, as far as I can tell. It has a couple of buds about to open, and then I'll know what color they are. They are definitely not red; they look to be white or yellow.
I'm writing in the morning for the next few days, because I think I'm going to be pretty busy in the evenings till we go to camp. I always read blogs in the mornings, so I figured I might as well get it all out of the way then, so I can focus on "real" life! LOL I'm off to cook, clean, grocery shop, and sew!