Hibiscus flowers were a common sight on natural fences both sides of the winding paths leading to houses, mostly in villages. Those flowers were bright red. The shampoo made by the leaves and flowers of hibiscus plants were used by most to have a flowing, shiny hair. That was a time when organic shampoos were unheard of as we hear of them today.
White hibiscus was a rare sighting, though…
Will it be a white one?
Can’t be blue.
Yellow, may be?
Let’s wait and see, said she.
So we waited.
Finally, one summer day
The orchid bloomed.
There was a pause
Just before naming the post.
Should it be
Then it was named Blue.
Why would someone call something, something else
which they themselves does not understand well enough?
Of late I am posting photographs of flowers… A desire to create the Spring that still traipse just outside the threshold of courtyard, occasionally peeping in; waiting for the lingering Winter that would not want to leave for some reason.
Jasmine is Yasmin (meaning: a gift from God) in Arabic, which is also a popular feminine name.
Mo Li Hua (Song of Jasmine) is a popular Chinese folk song which means The Jasmine Flower. This song was composed during the period of Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. This is a traditional Chinese song with a beautifully gentle and lyrical melody.
This song was sung by a Chinese girl at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens to introduce the next site and also sang during the awarding ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.