El GuMaMeLa: uP CLoSe & PeRSoNaL

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ Juliet Capulet Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

I was checking my Flickr Account the other day, when I came across a foto of a Gumamela that I took 2 some years ago. I was thinking, might as well share it here in Word Press. The Gumamela Flower or commonly known as Hibiscus or China Rose has  a wide variety here in the Philippines, and in fact it’s the most widely cultivated flower due to its brilliant hues of Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple, and White with a tint of Red, Yellow, &/or Orange on the edges. This plant is so versatile that there’s so many uses for it. It’s either you can make a refreshingly tasty tea drink or a yummy sweet candy with its petals or the plant itself would be a nice addition to your landscape or garden as hedges, fences, or shrubs. It’s also been said that its flowers especially the red-flowered variety are used as medicine– analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant. I remember when I was little we make bubbles out of its petals by smashing and pounding it until we get this gooey consistency where we then add and mix it with water to make the bubble solution. We used the stems as bubble wands by bending or folding it to make a circle at one end…then it’s time to blow bubbles to our hearts content. Those were the good old days…fun memories, hehe. Anyways, hope that you enjoy eL GuMaMeLa: uP CLoSe & PeRSoNaL. Did I mentioned that this is one of our fave flowers here in the barrio?!!! Have a wonderful weekend y’all! 😀

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