I found inspiration in our yard, where a tiny, foot-tall hibiscus plant finally bloomed.
I bought this and one other plant from Jill Coryell, aka The Hibiscus Lady, whom I’ve profiled in this blog, here: http://www.jademoon808.com/2014/04/01/the-hibiscus-lady/.
These mini hybrids are exquisite– straw yellow backs, purple and pink in front. Like little floral gems calling out to be plucked and displayed.
So the next day, when another flower unfurled, I did.
To give you an idea of scale, I placed it in a tiny Japanese teacup.
Jill named this flower Joe Friedman, after a man who played one of the little people in the Wizard of Oz. Such a prosaic name for this delicate beauty, although I appreciate the story behind it.
I hope “Joe” lives for a long time and is prolific, unlike my poor gardenia plant, which met a tragic end– the victim of an unknown disease.