Cee’s FOTD – Hibiscus

The simple Hibiscus is more than ‘cashmere-soft petals elegantly cupped with long stamens popping out from the centre …with dark-green pointed leaves’.

The pop-up colors embellish my sombre mood with a hint of merriment. Some pictures from my garden in Pune.

A Google search added the touch of mystery to this elegant flower. “In North America especially, a hibiscus means a perfect wife or woman. In Victorian times, giving a hibiscus meant that the giver was acknowledging the receiver’s delicate beauty. In China, hibiscuses symbolize the fleeting and beauty of fame or personal glory’.

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12 thoughts on “Cee’s FOTD – Hibiscus

  1. I wonder about these references … A blooming hibiscus is glorious during the day but quails shut at night. A plucked hibiscus has a life span of 5 minutes before shriveling up and dying. This is good symbolism for a perfect wife? Hmm.

    I learnt very early that hibiscuses are best left alone. When I was a very young school girl I entered one of those floral decorating contest and artfully arranged a bouquet hibiscus flowers from our garden. That morning I trotted it off to the exhibition room and left it for judging that afternoon. I don’t think the flowers lasted past first bells πŸ™‚

    But they are very pretty. It must be wonderful to see in your garden πŸ™‚

  2. It is a touch-me-not flower best admired from far. I suppose similar to a perfect 10 beauty… admired not possessed.
    I can imagine your disappointment at the contest
    Have a good year 🌺

  3. Such gorgeous photos Indra and I love the first phot especially. I can almost feel the texture through the screen. Interesting about the different meanings of the flower too.

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