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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nearly Wordless Wednesday; Cups of Fire

No editing other than cropping, this is how they actually looked.




                                                           In A Cuban Garden
                                                                          by Sara Teasdale


                                                           Hibiscus flowers are cups of fire,
                                                           (Love me, my lover, life will not stay)
                                                           The bright poinsettia shakes in the wind,
                                                           A scarlet leaf is blowing away.

                                                           A lizard lifts his head and listens-
                                                           Kiss me before the noon goes by,
                                                           Here in the shade of the cebia hide me
                                                           From the great black vulture circling the sky.




So it's not a Cuban garden, rather a visit to Molbaks  but  I better understand Teasdale's image now!

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    1. For a moment on that August day, it felt as if I were in the tropics.

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  2. I must get some hibiscus! I love Fire!

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    1. Careful. They say that those who play with fire will get burned. Suppose in this case, that would be a good thing.

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  3. Tropical Hibiscus are so yummy! What a color!

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    1. The sun shining through them really helped and looking at that blue sky in the picture was nice after all the rain we've had lately.

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  4. More of this! I love this poetry/plant porn combo!

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    1. I'll work on doing more just for you Heather!

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  5. How amazing that one of your images actually had a bird circling up above! Beautiful choice of Hibiscus!

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    1. wasn't that a nice stroke of luck? I love seeing these at nurseries and am even tempted to bring them home sometimes but I'm pretty bad with house plants. Tender succulents are a pretty good bet for me because they like to be neglected in the winter.

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  6. Oh that blue sky...(okay the plant is pretty gorgeous too!)

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    1. I miss the blue sky and warmth already! I don't so much mind rain but these cooler days...sigh.

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  7. Gorgeous, their bright colors are always so striking. Cups of fire is such a beautiful image.

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    1. I'm a big fan of Teasdale's poetry because she paints beautiful word pictures!

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  8. That shot looking up at the flowers with the light shining through the petals...divine!

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    1. Was very lucky to catch the light doing that!

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  9. There are the cups of fire, very elegant, bring on the vulture!

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    1. Do you prefer your vulture roasted or fried?

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    1. Worked out well to catch the hibiscus with the sun shining through them. It made me instantly think of the Teasdale poem!

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  11. Beautiful! If I lived a little further south, I would grow them for sure! I'm thinking about planting some Rose Mallow Hibiscus (H. moscheutos) one of these days. They're lovely, too, and they're hardy to zone 4 or 5.

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    1. Rose of Sharon is also a hardy hibiscus flowered beauty. There are lots of great hibiscus that cold climate gardeners can grow much better than we can in our corner of soggy zone 8.

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