Or should I say Bunga Raya
As it is called in Malaysia.
And as we get even deeper into winter, I thought I'd introduce you to another plant from years ago. This is Hibiscus rosa sinensis. I first came across this plant whilst on holiday in the Mediterranean, huge shrubs they were, full of flowers. When I got back home, I bought one. Unfortunately, at the time, I was very new to growing plants, and hadn't really got a clue with this one. Somehow I managed to keep it growing for about three years, and it nearly grew to a foot high, wow!
The photo above is of a plant I grew a few years afterwards, bought from a supermarket, and as I found out later, treated with chemicals to keep its growth stunted. Not what I wanted at all. So that one didn't last long either. You can't win them all, as they say.
Hibiscus rosa sinensis is an evergreen shrub from tropical Asia, growing to a height of up to 30 feet in its natural habitat. It is also the state flower of Hawaii and the national flower of Malaysia. And one day I might grow another one.
A few weeks ago I remarked on the siskins that had arrived just in time for the RSPB Birdwatch. That's one of them above. I forgot to mention that in previous years, their arrival coincided with the start of severe winter weather, and they remained until the weather improved. Just to let you know, they are still here.