Two of my hibiscus plants (at least one of which came from Sharon – thank you) were in flower yesterday and since I’m getting tired of snow pictures, I thought I’d try something a little brighter. And since the flower only lasts one or two days, I can keep the pictures a little longer.
The first flower is a red flower and is quite normal for a hibiscus, though a bit pale for this particular plant, probably because it is suffering from the February blahs – not enough light. This series of shots shows the flower from ever closer.
Sometimes these flowers remind me of organic satellite dishes but of course the petals are an enormous billboard to get the pollinating insects closer to the stamens and pistil. And when they get closer, they will see this:
The other flower, from another plant, somehow failed to open completely. It has been in this partially-open state for a couple of weeks; a sort of Peter Pan of flowers, with the benefit that it had much longer life until the cruel photographer cut it so as to get into the light.