The Incredible Lightness of Seeing

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…

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