Inside the Hibiscus

As some of you may already know, I grew up in Hawaii. And in our neighborhood we were surrounded by a bounty of flowers: poinsettias, ginger, plumeria, anthuriums, Bird of Paradise, oleander, bouganvilla, and hibiscus.  

Here on the mainland, Rose of Sharon, which is from the same family as hibiscus (Mallow), is a common flower shrub in many older, residential gardens. It’s not a terribly attractive shrub, and it self-sows shamelessly. But I do have some crimson-red dinner plate hibiscus which always seem to draw one’s eye into the garden. However, at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, their collection of hibiscus are downright head-turning and eye-popping.

It’s like looking inside of a cotton-candy pink kaleidoscope–a flower I would’ve been proud to wear in my hair as a child.

This one has such a heavy, metallic look to it with contrasting colors that may not work well in clothing but works well in a flower.

Here the blushing pink pistil and stamen are equally as attractive as the petals.

This one is ruffled and around eight inches across with a dark maroon eye–quick, put on your sunglasses!

Satiny red and sunny yellow–perfect together, especially against the bright green of the leaf.

How can the bees and butterflies resist pressing their faces into this yellow, velvety tip?

Quote of the Day for YOU: When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb

*Note: These photos are not cropped–this is just how I see it!

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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27 thoughts on “Inside the Hibiscus

  1. My Dad gave me a Rose of Sharon…it lived for many years in a pot. Now it has been planted in our front garden and it seems to be very happy. Lovely pictures as always !!!

  2. These are incredible. While I have always noticed flowers you are making me really see flowers (I take similar shots as you do, but not nearly as well).

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