Design in Nature

Early one morning, this Texas Star Hibiscus caught my eye.  It was partially opened and the sun was shining through the green star making it look like stained glass.

Unfortunately, the view from human eye always looks better than a photo and the glow is not quite captured.

Before long, the flower opened separating the green star.  Nature has an endless variety of beautiful designs.

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Texas Stars Greet the Solstice

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The Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) opened at first light and greeted the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.  Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies gather its nectar.  Birds pick the hibiscus’s seeds in the fall and have replanted some in the natural area behind the fence.

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The Texas Star is a reliable bloomer and is root hardy on the Gulf Coast.  It adds more stems to the plant each year and also reseeds.  It begins to bloom during the long Midsummer days.