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
Photo 2: Rose of Sharon bloom
Photo 3: Rose of Sharon with raindrops
Photo 4: Droplets on Rose of Sharon
Photo 5: Rose of Sharon Lavender beauty