To all our friends North or West, under feet of snow, pouring rain or sleet, a few flowers for the winter. (Hibiscus 🌺 ) (There even is an emoji…) (Scary ain’t it? The Mac detects the typed word and suggests an emoji. All the while sending a copy of all I/we write to head-office. Theirs. Not mine. Cupertino.)
Just realized I had posted this flower twice. I try not to do that. But it’s all right, isn’t it?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet…” (Juliet in Romeo & Juliet)
Copa de oro. (Gold cup, but no football here, mate). Allamanda cathartica… (Always wanted to put the Latin names…) Comes from Brazil. A very big and heavy flower. Lasts but a day or two.
Confiturillas. (Small jams?) (Lantana camara) Called Lantanier in French, it is originally from the Caribbeans and Central America. I remember them in the garden of the magic house by the African sea. Far, far away. In space and time. Increasingly. (Did I just write an adverb? Tsk.)
Azaleas. Just learnt it belongs to the rhododendron family. I always thought rhododendrons were flowers that grew in Tibet on the slopes of the Himalaya. (See Tintin in Tibet)
“Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
“Qui ce matin avait desclose…”
(Pretty one, let’s see whether the rose
That this morn’ had bloomed…)
(One of the oldest poems in “modern” French by Pierre de Ronsard, 1550. Yesterday.)
Daylight hibiscus. The daylight hibiscus is bolder than its cousin, the night hibiscus displayed above. Properly tamed, it can eat in your hand.
No idea what this is. (I only just downloaded the flower and plant identification app: “iNaturalist”. Quite good an App actually.) I did see those flowers in West Africa too.
White azaleas. 🌸 Hey! They have an emoji too… (Pink?)
Red hibiscus. This species must be handled with care. Some individuals can be fairly aggressive. Never look at them in the eye.
Not a tennis ball. (Ask “Novax Djokovid”)
Just another gold cup blooming.
Thank you for strolling in Equinoxio’s gardens. All pictures taken in Cuernavaca, Mexico, December-January.
Some experts claim that flowers migrate to the South during winter and will fly back North around March-April. They will return. Hang in tight. 💐