It is that time of week again when Cathy from Rambling in the Garden invites us to share our pickings. This week I am delighted that our hibiscus has come into flower and so I could not resist plucking one of its dreamy blue flowers to show you in this little white clay bowl.
Hibiscus – or rose mallow – is the national symbol of Haiti, but it is grown throughout the world and in many countries people drink a tea made from its flowers. In the Philippines, children crush the flowers and stalks to make a sticky mixture which they can blow bubbles with. And in Tahiti and Hawaii, girls wear the flower behind their left ear to show they are spoken for, or their right ear if they are available.
Next to this exotic beauty, is a pretty English posy of sweet peas – gotta keep on picking to keep them coming. These are Old Spencer’s Mixed and there are some quite interesting patterns on the petals. Regulars may recognised my little robin jug, which I have turned around to show the watering can on the other side, as my sweet peas need a lot of watering in this hot, dry summer we are having.
To see what others are picking around the planet, don’t forget to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden!