The Hibiscus is a summer incarnate, with its riotous tropical colors, sensuous curves and lingering sweet smell. It’s made into tea in West Africa, offered to Kali by Hindus in Bengal, and worn behind the right ear of Hawaiian na wahine looking for love. Intricate assembly and a sprinkling of Lilly Pulitzer joy brings the gift of an endless summer to someone special in your life.
Women who wear the flower behind the right ear are single, wearing a Hibiscus behind the left ear represents a woman who is romantically attached. (*Note: if she wears a Hibiscus behind both ears, the woman is taken but prefers another lover.)
Cover is hot pink, and shows a butterfly alighting on a Hibiscus flower. Open the card and a 3-D hot pink Hibiscus bursts into bloom, with golden stamens and soft green leaves. A card for a woman you love, for a friend who loves flowers, for your mother or mother-in-law, for a gardener, a happy person, a wistful person, for a get-well card, for a thank you note, for an invitation to a pool-side party. Put a Hibiscus in your hair!
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~Plato
You had me at Aloha.
Flower of summer
The beautiful hibiscus
Pride of Hawaii
Every flower blooms at a different pace.
Aloha vibes only.
Hibiscus flowers dance in the warm summer breeze.
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.
Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need. ~John Lennon
If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. ~Tallulah Bankhead
“He told her the story of the missionary’s bride who wrote home describing her bungalow in an African forest clearing. “Outside my window as I write is a magnificent hibiscus with hundreds of blooms making a splendid splash of color against the jungle.” A year later, she wrote again, and she said outside her window was that “damned hibiscus, still blooming.” ~William C. Heine, The Last Canadian
Alternative names for Hibiscus: the flower of the hour, shoe flower, Jamaica, flor de Jamaica, Red Zinger, jus de bissap “national drink of Senegal,” rose mallow, swamp rose mallow and kirkaday.