Sunday, August 3, 2008

Red Hibiscus

The hibiscus in my neighbors' yard are blooming. As large as dinner plates, the flowers are a testament to optimism here in our borderline gardening zone. Some years the hibiscus, camellias, and magnolias flourish. Other times a cold winter kills most of the tender plants. The hibiscus shown here resides in the yard of my in-laws. Satiny petals, and an elaborately embellished display that, to a fiber artist, looks fringed, feathered and beaded---what hummingbird or bee could resist?