There it sits, in all its beautiful splendor, radiating a warmth that performs magical wonders on any rainy day when sunlight has decided to call-in-sick. A beautiful red Hibiscus flower helps to start each day anew in a reinvigorating manner. It is stunningly beautiful in a way that is more on par with fantasy than reality. E.O. Wilson was certainly on to something with his concept of Biophilia: man’s innate need for nature. However, the Red Hibiscus goes well beyond getting-in-touch with nature; it fast forwards to magical seduction.
Losing oneself in the warm embrace of this potted beauty is akin to a trip back in time to one of the world’s most breathtaking vistas- Maui, Hawaii. The mythic aura of Maui, which culminated in an invigorating climb atop Mauna Haleakala, in order to witness the intimidating expanse of a towering dormant volcano whose crater could easily contain all of Manhattan, simply froze time.
Man’s insignificance in the face of nature’s beauty and splendor is definitely an eye opener. The vista from the precipice of Maui’s paradise that enables the eye to marvel at slopes which descend for 33 miles toward the pristine beaches, which seduce the senses even further.
The plaiting road slowly pulls one into a crescendo that exceeds all expectations as valleys lead to mountains, and waterfalls yield to rain forests and sea cliffs. Tropical plants ranging from ferns to flowers are never-ending in their enigmatic variety and number. This is truly a majestic once-in-a lifetime experience.
Then suddenly it appears. An unspoken and elegant exchange is underway. The ubiquitous presence of all things green and floral suddenly fades and all that remains is an elegant and fragrant beauty of bright crimson red yearning to be taken.
It stands alone as the harbinger of beauty, hope, and promise, especially for an office grinder who often loses sight of what matters most under the crushing weight of responsibilities and obligations. The red hibiscus plant can renew the spirit in ways not previously considered. Every home and office should have one.
Hibiscus flowers could be the most dramatic in the garden and can bloom as large as a child’s head in radiant colors. The Hibiscus flower likes plenty of space to show off and share its beauty. Although the huge funnel-shaped flowers rarely last more than a day, they are abundant and will typically bloom over several weeks. It requires plenty of water as well as rich, well-drained soil where it can be watered regularly with ease, particularly during dry spells.
The Hibiscus is a perennial that can reach varying sizes ranging from four to ten feet tall and three to five feet wide. It prefers to be outdoors, particularly in gardens, but can survive indoors in parts of the country where cold winter weather would kill it. It tolerates wet soil, as it is water-loving, and is easy to grow. The red Hibiscus will renew, restore and remind one that it is paramount to take the time to stop and smell the Hibiscus!
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