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Ruby Tuesday — Hibiscus

Our Ruby Tuesday host is Mary, the Teach.

On Tuesdays you can post any photo you like (it must be one of your own) that contains the color RED. Your photo can contain lots of RED or a little bit of RED.

Red Hibiscus
Red Hibiscus

For some reason the red hibiscus seem to be a much more fragile flower than most of the other hibiscus cultivars.  It is rare to find a red hibiscus fresh and crisp and new.  Usually they hang, somewhat whithered, pointing toward the ground.

We had a week of late afternoon and evening rain showers, and on the third day I stepped into the morning to be greeted by this beauty and all of her sisters, bright and fresh and a new.  I snapped her picture just for you.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Now that you mention it, I think you’re right. The non-red blossoms do seem to be hardier. In part it seems to depend on time of day it is: the later it is, the droopier the blossom, when it comes to hibiscus. We find that the blossoms on most hibiscus cultivars only last a day. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

  2. Gorgeous! That pic should definitely be saved as a memory that it can happen! I can’t remember ever seeing a red hibiscus like this!

  3. I have two red hibiscus bushes and they are very tender in cold weather, plus the blooms last a short time.

  4. It is me again…the kitchen is my brother and sister in law’s. It is very like mine and they had not seen my kitchen until this summer.

  5. Quilly, what a clever angle on the hibiscus! Mist of us photo this gorgeous flower head on but you thought of taking just the pistel (is that the right word? and is it spelled right?) Thanks for joining us for Ruby Tuesday. I am delighted! 🙂

  6. That might well be the only Hibiscus blossom I get to see this summer. Mine does not look like it is going to bloom. Of course, it might have something to do with all the trauma it went through before finally getting set outside this Spring. It came through the winter quite well but then, just before it was warm enough to put it back outside, Ricky decided to eat most of the leaves off of it. No idea why he thought they were food, but the poor tree was just about naked when it went outdoors. It has leafed back out nicely, but must have spent all its’ energy accomplishing that, with none left for blossoming.
    Anyway, that’s a beautiful photo and a beautiful shade of red!

  7. Bobbie — the petals of the red hibiscus are very thin.

    East Gwillimbury WOW! — thank you.

    Gemma — I spent a long time looking and waiting.

    Driller — thank you.

    Robin — thank you.

    Ivanhoe — maybe it was happy to see me.

    Marcia — probably the same cultivar.

    Nessa — aliens need love, too!

    Raven — I tried to showcase that which is normally overlooked.

    Ellen — thank you.

    Carletta — — thank you.

    Brian — sometimes only hours.

    Dianne — did you read? I took this photo just for you. 😉

    Jules — no, the family is just too spread out. Sorry.

    Mimi — you’re welcome!

    JD — of course I did! (Don’t read my comment to Dianne.)

    Amber — next time YOUR kitchen.

    Mary — right word, right spelling — I am not the botanist in the family, but thanks to Amoeba, I am learning.

    Beverly — I’m partial to yellow ones, too, but I’ve already posted that gorgeous photo: Yellow Hibiscus

    Cindy — I remember Ricky’s salad fest from you when blogged about it. Whenever you want to visit hibiscu blossoms just type the term in my blog search box and plenty will come up to cheer you.

  8. Ralph — they are fragile, but they’re not shy!

    Dr. John — I thank God for the beauty everyday and have not yet grown to take it for granted.

  9. I just saw your hibiscus picture, I saw it for the first time in Egypt and its used for making tea which tastes delicious. Wherever you go they would offer you a cup of Karkade it’s just the national drink ! I couldn’t find it here in Belgium except in Italy it’s not known in European countries. So I brought 1 kg ! of Karkade tea with me from Egypt. It is the Hibiscus flower which is dried. Do you know this tea ?? I drink it hot in winter and cold in summer !

  10. That is such a beautiful red! Nature did it again!!

    Sorry I’ve been so bad at visiting this week. I wish there were more hours in the day. I can’t wait for this giveaway carnival to be over with so that things can get back to normal.

  11. Gattina — I have heard of Hibiscus tea but I have not had any, nor have I looked to see if they sell it here. I should do that!

    Karen — It truly was all nature. I don’t even own Photoshop!

  12. just gorgeous!

    having read gattina’s comment, we can buy hibiscus tea here, or at least that’s what it’s called (i suspect it’s based on rose hips – and yes, that’s common tea here, too)

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