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    Desert bloom, plus GRAND Social No. 185 link party for grandparents

    Desert bloom

    It's been quite cold in Colorado since I returned from my visit to the desert last week. Perhaps it's the fact I came home from the desert that makes Colorado seem a wee bit chillier than usual. It's been icy and snowy and cold the past few days, which makes it even more incredible to think that just one week ago, I was shooting photos of the sun-loving flowers blooming on the bushes in my grandsons' back yard.

    Flowers such as this... of which I have no idea the name (does anyone?):


    Just looking at that magnificent desert bloom, whatever its name, warms me. Could be because it just looks like summer to me. Or could be because it reminds me of the fun I had with my adorable Bubby, Mac, and Jak with those flowering bushes serving as a colorful back drop.

    Either way, I feel a tad warmer on a chilly winter day because of it. I hope you do, too.

    GRAND Social No. 185

    Thank you for joining me for GRAND Social No. 185! I appreciate your presence and your posts!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
    • Adding a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src="" alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>
    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.


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    What a bright sight your bloom is. I do not know what it is but it makes me feel good to see it. It looks like a Sego Lily they grow out west.

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGueenmothermamaw

    That's a hibiscus. I spent part of my childhood in Hawaii where I was first introduced to these flowers. We have them here in San Diego too.

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKay Lynn

    That is the hibiscus flower. We get plenty of them in India. They come in various colors- red, orange, pink, yellow, white, etc. They have medicinal properties, are great for hair, and certain varieties are known to be used in the treatment of cancer.

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAsha

    It looks like hibiscus. Gorgeous! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAll that's Jas

    As others have said, it is, indeed, a hibiscus. When we first bought our house in Mesa, AZ, we had three of them in our backyard. A couple of years ago, there was an unusual cold spell in the Phoenix area during which the temps actually dropped below freezing. All of our hibiscus bushes died. We replaced them, but weren't able to get any of the bushes to live. We did plant a hibiscus tree next to the house where it is relatively cool in the summer, and it has lived, and blooms starting around the end of February into spring. The desert flowers are amazing, aren't they?

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKris

    Thank you for the beautiful picture and this Grand SOCIAL and, everything from yesterday!!!!

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    What a beautiful hibiscus! I love the colour. We have a couple growing in our yard and they always make me think of the tropics.Thank you for hosting again. I really enjoy the opportunity to read posts from other grandparents and to share my thoughts. Hope you have a splendid week.

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTamuria

    I love hibiscus flowers! We see them everywhere around here. I always thought they came from Hawaii but apparently they will grow most anywhere! Glad you had such a great trip with the boys!

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Lovely picture of a lovely flower! I feel your pain about the cold -- we're getting snow all day today and probably clear through tomorrow afternoon. While it looks pretty, the older I get the less I like the cold. Guess I'm turning into an old geezer!

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis

    Beautiful red hibiscus, Lisa! Glad you had a good time with your grandsons!

    December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPat @Mille Fiori Favoriti

    I live at the Southern tip of the Central Coast of California and Hibiscus plants grow like crazy here. We have many colors in our yard and the hummingbirds particularly like the bright orange and red varieties. Gorgeous flowers and they bloom all year here!

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