a bit of beauty on my balcony
Here is a picture of a Hibiscus flower on my balcony:
The single flower made me smile. It bloomed quickly, and I noticed that it closed today. Though the experience of its beauty was brief, I was still grateful to have seen it.
I also happened to read about the Hibiscus flower’s symbolism and uses in different cultures and thought you might be interested in reading the following passage from Wikipedia:
“Hibiscus species represent nations: Hibiscus syriacus is the national flower of South Korea, and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. The red hibiscus is the flower of the Hindu goddess Kali, and appears frequently in depictions of her in the art of Bengal, India, often with the goddess and the flower merging in form. The Hibiscus is used as an offering to goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is considered to have a number of medical uses in Chinese herbology.
In the Philippines, the gumamela (local name for hibiscus) is used by children as part of a bubble-making pastime. The flowers and leaves are crushed until the sticky juices come out. Hollow papaya stalks are then dipped into this and used as straws for blowing bubbles.
The red hibiscus flower is traditionally worn by Tahitian women. A single flower is tucked behind the ear. It is used to indicate the wearer’s availability for marriage.
The bark of the hibiscus contains strong bast fibres that can be obtained by letting the stripped bark sit in the sea in order to let the organic material rot away. In Polynesia these fibers (fau, pūrau) are used for making grass skirts. They have also been known to be used to make wigs.”