Rose of Sharon after the rain

There are a number of these shrubs planted around our neighbourhood and at the moment they are starting colourful lavender displays. The rain however is rather heavy on their delicate petals and I stopped to snap a few after the rain. Rose of Sharon is a deciduous flowering shrub and is part of the hibiscus family.

I was intrigued by the name of the shrub and found that the word “Sharon” means a level place or plain in Hebrew.  It is said that in the Song of Solomon 2:1, Solomon’s beloved bride calls herself the “rose of Sharon”  and from this we can infer that it is a flattering term intended to express a certain beauty that the people of Solomon’s time would have recognized but that we can still appreciate in these flowers today.

Photo 1: Rose of Sharon after the rain

Sharon Rose 3 low res

Photo 2: Rose of Sharon bloom

Sharon Rose 5 low res

Photo 3: Rose of Sharon with raindrops

Sharon Rose rain low res

Photo 4: Droplets on Rose of Sharon

Sharon Rose 2 low res

Photo 5: Rose of Sharon Lavender beauty

Sharon Rose 4 low res

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