Saturday, May 16, 2009

Colorful Hibiscus

Remember the kind of flower called hibiscus? In the Philippines, we call it gumamela (local name for hibiscus) and when I was a kid I sneaked out at our neighbor's garden to pick the flower and crush it for my bubble-making pastime. The flowers and leaves are crushed until the sticky juices come out. Hollow papaya stalks are then dipped into this and used as straws for blowing bubbles. They also said that hibiscus is an herbal plant that you can use to heal wounds.

When we went to Hawaii, hibiscus are everywhere blooming with different colors. They are just lovely! The hibiscus flower is traditionally worn by Hawaiian women. A single flower is tucked behind the ear. Which ear is used indicates the wearer's availability for marriage.

4 comments:

Cecile said...

yup, i remember that, too! ako rin ginagawa ko na bubbles yan eh noong bata pa ako!. it was fun reminiscing our childhood :-), thanks for reminding me!

Hazelicious929 said...

correct Cecs... those were the days hehehe. ang saya saya diba?

amiable amy said...

ka gwapa ba ug charming sa ako miga oyy....hehehe...

ako pud, naa part ana amo ibutang sa agtang hahaha

amy said...

Hazel dear, may tag ako sayo , parang busy ka yata...grab mo lang pag may time ka ha