Well, after two weeks of misting and watering, with a dozen hibiscus buds peeking but not venturing out, we have the miracle of blooming, and most surprisingly to us newbies, overnight! Had I known flowers evolved this quickly, I would have tried to figure out a timelapse recording.
It's remarkable how quickly the full colors of a hibiscus flower appeared, and like any proud parent, we marvel at its perfect delicateness. For those of you who wonder why there are millions of gardeners, this fulfillment may be one of the reasons. We won't think about the potential heartbreak of sunburn or pests (or the windy, rainy hurricane season upon us), but rather simply enjoy the moment and smell the flowers. I hope that all of you are having equally rewarding experiences, and will share your creations by Mother Nature.
Part Two: It turns out that hibiscus flowers are very delicate, green thumber Claudia called them 'one-day flowers' because the blossoms do fade and drop off within a day or two. The cycle seems to be that the delicate untouched petals open at night or early in the morning and display their glorious colors, and then by nightfall, the flower closes up and drops off, with the bud soon following, leaving only the stem. I wonder if each flower knows that they only have a day to embrace the world, and whether they get to pick their day, when the conditions are right, as opposed to during a rainstorm.
Above is a series of the next two buds blooming right after the first one, so we then enjoyed twins. There are a number of unopened buds in different stages, so the growth will appear in layers. Hopefully, we'll enjoy new flowers every week or so.