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 Day!

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.


  One thought on “Earthly gifts

  1. April 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    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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    • April 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I agree we should be taking pleasure in the small things. I’m glad you stopped by my post. 😊


  2. April 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Happy hibiscus Friday to you. Gorgeous shot!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks Jodi, enjoy the weekend which comes after Friday 😊

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  3. Shirley Corder
    April 21, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    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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    • April 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Many thanks for your lovely comment Shirley. Hope your Friday was a good one!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. leannelc
    April 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    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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    • April 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      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. April 22, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I like the Earth, wind and fire trio Deb.

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    • April 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      I’m glad to hear that Louise, it was one way of adding in other earthy pics to share.


  6. April 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

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

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    • April 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks very much! I hoped it would suffice and I do love taking nature shots 😊


  7. April 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Many thanks Ruth, I believe thanks is the least I can say for all the beauty. 😊

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  8. April 23, 2017 at 12:01 am

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

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  9. April 23, 2017 at 9:12 pm

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

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    • April 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much Miriam, it was good to think of the earth and all it gives us.

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  10. April 24, 2017 at 1:58 am

    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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    • April 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      It’s just beautiful here too. Autumn is a lovely time of year.

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  11. April 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

    The earth does indeed give us some beautiful gifts 🙂

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  12. May 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Nice post!

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  13. January 21, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Hibiscus flowers are just beautiful!

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  14. Jo
    January 21, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Loving that close-up of the hibiscus. Have a great week Deb.

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  15. January 21, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I love the idea of Happy Hibiscus Day Deb because they do grow in all the holiday spots don’t they? Gorgeous photos. Yesterday I did yoga in the park and we were gathered under a beautiful big fig tree. I was reminded of earth as I grounded myself and also of the sky as I lay on my back peering through the leaves of the trees to sunshine and blue sky. Oooh I sound a little creative don’t I LOL:) xx

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  16. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    January 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    That hibiscus is so gorgeous! Happy Hisbiscus Day to you!

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    • January 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      I love the hibiscus flowers Sammie and happy to have you visit.


  17. January 23, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Nothing better to view and be around than good old earth. Just do not add too much fire please Mother Nature right now as it is sooo hot. I can imagine it is relentless for you at Tumba.
    Thank you for joining in #lifethisweek and the optional prompt for next time is: 4/51. What Is Hope? 28/1/19. Denyse

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    • January 23, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      No we don’t need any more fire Denyse! It has been a hot summer that’s for sure. Thanks for the opportunity to share our posts and I always enjoy reading what others are posting in reply to your prompts.


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