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I had to show all of my friends the ultimate sign of hope for the upcoming spring, a beautiful red bloom. What makes this bloom so amazing is, if you look closely at the Hibiscus bushes, they are so sad in the sparsity of leaves and yet I have quite a few buds; granted they are taking a long time to bloom, but their promise is there nevertheless.

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Another little fact is that with the extreme cold temperatures, the dining room has been on the really chilly side and I have been concerned about keeping my Hibiscus, my Bougainvillea and Mandeville alive. These plants aren’t used to such cold even in the house and to see the Hibiscus blooming, despite a lack of leaves and being chilled for the past few weeks, it made me so happy. I’d be so sad if I lost either one of these plants, I have been nursing these plants for several years and I love them. I was nervous this year because when the cold hit, it hit hard and so many leaves fell at once that I thought oh no, poor babies.

So today being the first of February means that we are inching closer to spring and I am so looking forward to it. My red bloom is making me very hopeful for a glorious spring and a healthy reawakening of all of my plants both inside and outside.