Hibiscus in Redding and Shasta County

beautiful light purple hibiscus with dark fuscia in the center of each petal and an off white pistol in the middle, with green background of the foliage.
Beautiful purple Hibiscus, Shasta county, California
Hibiscus is a beautiful flower and plant.  I love the white ones, and the purple ones for that matter.  The neighbor has a bush which has been formed into a tree, and the flowers are up above.  My mother’s is more like a bush.  Not quite as old as the neighbors, his tree must be 30+ years old.
Purple hibiscus blooms two of them they are a light purple and dark reddish purple in the center with a cone in the center, that is off white color, greenery surround the flowers.
Purple Hibiscus in Redding, CA
Hibiscus is popular because it attracts bees and butterflies, also you may be more familiar with hibiscus as a tea.  There are hundreds of varieties of the hibiscus flowers, and bush.
The hibiscus prefers a warmer climate.  This is the technical name for this type of hibiscus, Hibiscus syriacus.
Hibiscus in Redding, California.
This year, right before the purple hibiscus bloomed, I stepped out the door, and I smelled coconut.   I could not figure out where the scent was coming from.  As it turns out it was the Hibiscus!

White hibiscus flower and my little brothers old Tonka truck and when I say old I mena old.
We probably should have not let the truck go like that.
Hibiscus syriacus and Tonka truck.

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Fruit Tart, Tarte Aux Fruits, Toulous Lautrec

To make a good fruit tart, prepare the pastry the
night before with wheat on flour-on guard not to handle
it too much-in proportions of a third of butter to
two thirds to flour; add sufficient water and salt.
Cover with a cloth and let your pastry rest.
Next day, lay it out; add a little more butter, roll it
and fold it many and many a time.

Bed your pastry on a butter baking sheet; prick it
with fork so tht it does not puff up when cooking,
other wise you will have puff pastry.
Next set out your fruit: cherries, cherry plums,
mirabelle plums, various stoned plums, apples cut in
round, sugar according to the acidity of your fruit.
And, to decorate, with some pastry, place your
initials on top; for examle, “Momo.”*
*A pet pseudonym for Lautrec.

pg. 145 The Art of Cuisine
Toulouse-Lautrec Maurice Joyant