Our spring-blooming Hibiscus gave birth on the windowsill yesterday to an outlandishly-dressed flower. This young dandy looked out at the deck, saw more than a foot of snow, and nearly shuddered its stamen off. We’ve decided not to tell it about the snow storm coming tomorrow evening.


By the way, Hibiscus flowers reportedly are edible and, when dried, considered to be delicacies in some countries. They’re also ingredients in teas that are used as diuretics. (Brooklin, Maine)