"You don't know what you've got until it's gone" sang the 80s band Chicago. If my feelings for hibiscus flowers are anything to go by, they might be onto something. In South Africa, hibiscus bushes grow with absolutely no assistance – some types are so low-maintenance that they are planted on the centre island of highways where they flourish and flower with the bare minimum of care. After a while you simply stopped noticing them as they were everywhere. Here in the London they literally are hothouse flowers and I don't see them any more. Which makes them all the more appealing when I visit home, and I can spend hours photographing them – especially this exuberant orange and pink specimen.
This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister – all previously featured photographs can be viewed on the Saturday Snapshots compendium page. All photos featured in Saturday Snapshots are available to buy as high-quality greeting cards or prints in my RedBubble store. They make gifts, for friends or for yourself!