We had a major eruption on our bedroom windowsill yesterday morning. There was no noise or spewing lava, but there were plenty of bright colors. Our Hibiscus plant’s single bud opened to reveal an outrageous color combination.


These flowers contain both male (stamen) and female (pistil) organs. Historically, they apparently were used as romantic signals in Tahiti: if a woman there was wearing a Hibiscus behind her left ear, she was in a relationship; if one was behind her right ear, she was looking for a relationship. (Brooklin, Maine)