On a visit to Franklin Park Conservatory in
Columbus, Ohio for their Merry & Bright displays
in December some of the conservatory’s Hibiscus shrubs were in bloom.
I snapped pictures of them knowing that about this
time in the winter a lot of us, including myself, would be
craving to see some colorful flowers especially those of us who lived in the frozen and snowy states.
This was my favorite of the blooming Hibiscus because of the green leaves that had large white variegations running through them.
I could not find name tags for most of the ones that
were in bloom so I cannot indentify them. So if you can
please let me know.
It does look like a rosa sinensis Hibiscus ‘Fiesta’ that
I saw online at Garden Pilot but I could be wrong.
Whatever its name it is lovely and a welcome pop
of bright, hot color on a cold winter day.
This beautiful tropical pink with a deep red center
remains nameless. I liked its delicate pink petals.
This orange hibiscus had a shocking combination of
colors of a red and pink center and red veins running through its orange petals.
Though the combination of colors may sound all wrong
together, it did work on these blossoms.
I hope these hot colors will brighten a winter day for you.
Our brief January thaw did melt all of the snow here
but I know it will all be back again soon this early in the winter season. While some of you are being hammered
with snow and cold temperatures in some of the states that usually do not get it, 2011 has started out to be a winter for the records.
My heart really goes out to our neighbors down under in Queensland, Australia where they are getting record flooding
in their summer rainy season.
Stay safe and our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Until Next Time,