Saturday Snapshots #117

PinkHibiscus © J Horak-Druiff 2010

Hibiscus – Plettenberg Bay, February 2008

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 archive pages.  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!

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  1. says

    Hibiscus are a favorite of mine too but they are seasonal here as well – the orange are shockingly bright and the yellow variety are stunning against the green foliage.

  2. Turmericnspice says

    Lovely pix….I grew up with hibiscus all around me…my father loved these hardy plants and we had over 15 types….,
    U brought back memories.

  3. says

    Oh, how beautiful!! It’s too cold here to grow them, but we get them dried in the Mexican food section of the grocery store and make the best tea. :-)