Red and White, Hibiscus

I’ve known all along that sooner or later in this blog, I would venture - albeit apprehensively - into reminiscing my life in Samoa. I have even tried to avoid prolonging the melancholic feeling from the last blog post, but then again, reminiscing is not always a forlorn and disheartening thing. In fact reminiscing can bring serenity, happiness, upliftment and optimism.

Herman Melville, in his first novel “Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life”, wrote about the time when he was back in New York where he reminisced his days in the Marquesas Islands. In the account, he recalled vividly the images of the branches of three large breadfruit trees waving and swaying in the afternoon breeze, and especially the effects that such images can have on us. Melville noted therefore of how “...inanimate objects will twine themselves into our affections." I too have such fond recollections especially weekday mornings and Sunday afternoons which are the times that I would pensively recall the trees and plants around our house in Samoa. It’s amazing however that I seem to remember them now more in my recollections and reflections than at the time of actual residence.

This is a picture of the hibiscus plant in our living room. It conjures, evokes and tickles my rural and idyllic fancies. Whenever I cast an admiring glance at the plant and its flowers, my admiration soon shifts into a contemplative mood and a stream of thoughts and memories starts to creep into my consciousness and affections as Melville affirms. For example, I remember the hibiscus plants outside our home, from which I picked the flowers to take to school for the teacher’s desk, or to decorate and beautify the classroom. The hibiscus also reminds me of my dear Mother. A few days after she died, we (children) made sure that flowers were placed at her grave. So we would use coconut midribs (tuaniu) to string the hibiscus flowers and place them at the head and foot of the grave.

It was also the hibiscus plant that I first learned the method of grafting with my Dad’s guidance and expertise. Again, we had red and white hibiscus plants in front of our house. One day my Dad called me over where he demonstrated grafting two hibiscus plants. He first cut off a branch from one plant, then he notched the bark and stem of the “host” plant, inserted the grafting branch and then used a string to tie and fasten both branch and the main/host plant. It didn’t make sense or mean much to me at the time until a new flower bloomed on the branch; one half was white, and the other half was red. Wow!

I have Hibiscus growing in my yard

2010-07-25 05:17:15 by Lady-Scorpion

And do not have a clue as to what type. The flowers look like the typical white with red center and the seeds are huge pods. It reminds me of a larger variety of Rose of Sharon. I do know it's not a tropical Hibiscus. the plant is growing very thick stems in a crown shape at the base and very proficiant this year. I hope someone can give me an idea on the type of Hibiscus this is. Thanks! :o)

Bathrooms, white, boring

2003-09-14 20:10:55 by mxx007

But kind of relaxing in a strange way. But now I'm thinking of painting the rest of the house in a light apricot, even the kitchen and maybe painting the cabinets a contrasting color. I love the idea of the cerulean blue layered glowy room. But it wouldn't work here :( My landlord would freak.
The only red tea I've had is a hibiscus flower blend. So tell me about your new roommate - how nice! It's not OT - just mention food.

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