Earthly gifts

Hibiscus flower


The earth is what we all have in common.  Wendell Berry

I love this yellow hibiscus flower which opened up fully for the first time this morning in mum’s garden. It’s a small plant, in a pot, and has just this one flower (so far).

I think it’s so beautiful,  I’ve declared today Happy Hibiscus Friday!

I’m reminded that without earth many things just wouldn’t grow.  Earth is also a myriad of colours and textures – one minute earthy brown mud, the next red sandy soil.  Just like people really – we’re all different colours but we all need stability, good grounding, roots (family), water, fertilizer, earth, sunshine and love, so that we too can blossom like this lovely yellow hibiscus flower.  Without earth where would we be?

I also love the imagery of Earth, Wind and Fire – so here are some of my images….

This week’s photo challenge gives us all the opportunity to “share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors…  Just in time to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April!

Thank you earth for all your gifts!

Deb xx

PS. You can also find Deb’s World here – I’d be delighted if you’d join me.


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  1. As an Earth sign (Taurus) I couldn’t agree more with these sentiments and we ignore Earth at our peril as we depend on her for so much. Taking pleasure in the small things is something that is available to all, rich and poor and sadly often neglected. Lovely pictures.

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  2. Happy hibiscus Friday to you. Gorgeous shot!!

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  3. Happy Hibiscus Day. 🙂 Gorgeous photo of a lovely flower. Yes, the earth has so much to offer us. R is Regarding Research as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.

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  4. That hibiscus is gorgeous – we have an orange and pink one that blooms for most of the year and it always makes me happy when I see it shining in the garden. Leanne | cresting the hill

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    • I do love the bright happy colours in flowers and I’m glad you have one to brighten your garden most of the year. I’m staying up north at the moment and the differences in gardens and flowers is amazing compared to what we have down south at this time of year. I just love colour!!


  5. I like the Earth, wind and fire trio Deb.

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  6. Wow, Deb, those colors and textures are so vivid. Beautiful pics, challenge met.

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  7. Lovely post Debbie. And well said “Thank you earth for all your gifts!”

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  8. Love the earth, wind, fire angle 😊 awesome photos!

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  9. I love the way you interpreted this Deb. Great post and pictures.

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  10. Love this time of year, when I begin and end each day in my garden. It’s amazing how much beauty there is in our world.

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  11. The earth does indeed give us some beautiful gifts 🙂

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