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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

[Current Read] Hibiscus Flowers (Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)



I'm currently reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and decided to explore the title a little.

First things first, what the heck is a hibiscus? As much as I love flowers, a flower is just a flower is just a flower. I think roses and sunflowers are the only flowers I know by both name and sight.

THIS is a hibisbus:
What's really great about these flowers? There are a bunch of varieties and each one is equally pretty with an equally funky name!

"Blue River II" Hibiscus - So badass that she killed off numero uno into extinction!

Fiiiiiirebaaalll! Hibiscus   

"Hibiscus Makinoi," named for Tomitaro Makino who was a 20th century Japanese botanist known for his taxonomic work. A fancy word to say that he named stuff, specifically plants, including this one I guess.








 
"Lord Baltimore" Hibisbus. I think this was originally named by a Potter fan, but since he-who-cannot-be-named cannot be named, they had to change the name of this beautiful flower to "Lord Baltimore." Yup, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
 
"Luna Pink Swirl" Hibiscus. I love love lovelovelove this! I even made it bigger on purpose because it's my blog and I can do that. Love the name of the flower and it's such a gorgeous, delicate shade of pink.
"Strawberry Swirl" Hibiscus! I love this one too!
"Scarlot Rose" Hibiscus. Absolutely gooorrrgeous!
Okay, okay. I know what you're thinking. All of these flowers are pretty and all, but the title of the book is Purple Hibiscus. Do purple hibiscuses (is that the correct plural form? It is now.) really exist?

The answer is that they do! And they're freaking stunning!


Beautiful aren't they?

That's all for now. Look forward to my review of Purple Hibiscus soon.

Laters Gators,
Fatuma



Sources:
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/hibiscus/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomitaro_Makino
http://davesgarden.com/guides/botanary/go/8304/

Images:
http://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/2007/10/22/Kell/51db17.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2814423636_c5a0ef631e.jpg
http://www.fancyhibiscus.com/images/Black_Beauty2.jpg
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/hibiscus/

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