In my earlier post about the pink and yellow hibiscus that i grow, i had mentioned the red variety but did not include a photo. Yesterday, when the sun finally peeked through the clouds, i went around the frontyard, camera in hand, and these are the results. The red hibiscus has a layered petal with curled edges. The stamen is short unlike the single-petalled variety; long stamens are characteristic of single petals. One bloom had fallen on the ground and i put it in a bowl of water. There's something so welcoming about fresh flowers, whether in a vase or in a water-filled container. Needless to say i spent much time admiring the bloom in the midst of cooking dinner, watching TV and feeding the dogs!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau