Hibiscus:PR with Neighbor

acacelawrites'rites' photo of hibiscus stems with flowers
@acelawrites (10931)
Philippines
September 5, 2016 7:55pm CST
It pays to be friendly with neighbors. After reading a post by @thelme where she mentioned about hibiscus tea,I searched where I can get the gumamela flowers(Hiibiscus rosa sinensis). And when I was biking this morning I saw lots of it from a neighbor's garden.They are not of the single petal variety, but of multiple petals per flower, so one flower can make a cup of hibiscus tea. So I approached the lady and told her about the hibiscus tea. She was so glad to know about it, and she gave me three flowers and two stems for planting. It is shown in the photo above. So I can pick flowers for my tea in the future when the hibiscus plant grows. Thanks to my neighbor.
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@TheHorse (63885)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Sep 16
That's very sweet! As I was reading your post, with the kind, neighborly behavior, I thought, "Oh, I bet this writer is from the Philippines."
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
It is common for neighbors here in the Philippines to be friendly with neighbors; sometimes always helping each other even in some minor problems.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
7 Sep 16
You know a lot about Philippines.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
7 Sep 16
@acelawrites Most Chinese neighbors would do this too.
@BelleStarr (37667)
• United States
7 Sep 16
Good neighbors are a treasure.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
7 Sep 16
I agree with you. They also look at our house when we are not around.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
7 Sep 16
Exactly it is.
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@cahaya1983 (10055)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
Lucky you to have such a generous neighbor. Keep us posted about that hibiscus plant!
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
Yes, when it grew and borne flowers, I'll post it here.Thanks my friend.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
6 Sep 16
Yes, it is.
@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Sep 16
I did not know that they used the petals to make hibiscus tea very interesting
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
Yes, I had seen it on Youtube also, how to prepare it; but be sure it is organic and no pesticides sprayed on it. Be sure to wash it well before using.
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@epiffanie (10413)
• Australia
6 Sep 16
oh so can grow them from the stem? .. I would try that when I go home ..
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
Just pick the mature stem then plant it directly on the soil.It grows easily.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
7 Sep 16
@acelawrites Oh, flowers could be planted easily in Philippines because there are so many rains.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
7 Sep 16
@MattMeng it is true, we have nice weather, lots of rains and sun and fertile soil too!
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@cacay1 (32735)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
7 Sep 16
Thank you dear for this very useful information. i would enhance my knowledge abut this plant good for the health.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
7 Sep 16
You are welcome, but I am also thanking @thelme for sharing this info. Now I value the gumamela plant for its flower. Others say it can also be used to dye the hair.
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@thelme55 (14336)
• Germany
8 Sep 16
@acelawrites you are very welcome. I love sharing useful and good information online.
@silvermist (20107)
• India
7 Sep 16
Yes,your neighbor was kind and helpful.I hope your hibiscus plant grows well.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
7 Sep 16
It is true. I planted it yesterday, and good timing because it rained afterwards.
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@thelme55 (14336)
• Germany
8 Sep 16
@acelawrites I planted an hibiscus cutting with an unopen flower in it and the next day, it bloomed. I was so surprised.
@Macarrosel (7573)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
Really? That's good. maybe I have to plant gumamela too. It's not really my favorite flower but with the benefits of it I have to like it. Hahaha.
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@thelme55 (14336)
• Germany
8 Sep 16
@acelawrites I would be missing the fresh hibiscus tea when I am back to Germany.
@bunnybon7 (35900)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Sep 16
sodid they offer to help you out with growing some or give you one of theirs?
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
She gave me the stems for planting along with the flowers so I can make my tea.
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@bunnybon7 (35900)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Sep 16
@acelawrites what I thought. cool
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• United States
7 Sep 16
congrats! i've 2 peach'uns that bloom all frilly like that. i wish ya great success'n growin' yer own. most kind 'f yer neighbor. jest shows that't ne'er hurts to ask, eh?
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
7 Sep 16
It is alright to ask because I have been very kind to them also. They have a small store and I buy from them when I ran out of some things for the kitchen.
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@clrumfelt (5421)
• United States
6 Sep 16
How nice of her! I hope your hibiscus will bloom fabulously and the tea will be to your liking.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
Yes, I tried a cup from the flowers she gave me, then I added a little brown sugar and local lemon; and it's good!
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• Philippines
6 Sep 16
Wow you have a good neighbor, hope you give something in return I mean it's probably not easy to grow those flowers.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
I always do that; to give or to reciprocate the kindness. The hibiscus plant is easy to grow.
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@jaboUK (53542)
• United Kingdom
6 Sep 16
That was nice of her, I hope you enjoy the tea from your own plant when the time comes.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
It feels so good picking flowers or fruits from own plant. I hope it will grow well, I put some dried horse manure on the soil where I planted it.
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@JudyEv (121214)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
What a nice interaction with your neighbour. Hibiscus plants are quite easy to grow from cuttings.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
It is commonly planted as fence in the rural areasand we just played with it for making bubbles, I did not know it's flowers can be useful so now I am giving much attention to the plant.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
6 Sep 16
How kindly your neighbor is.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
She is really kind, so as much as possible, I always maintain good relationships with all my neighbors.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
6 Sep 16
@acelawrites In China, we say: A good neighbour is better than a brother far off. So everyone should keep good relationships with neighbors.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
@MattMeng I agree, because good neighbors are like sisters or brothers who are always there when you need help.
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@thelme55 (14336)
• Germany
8 Sep 16
That´s a good neighbour. In a few months time you will be harvesting hibiscus for your own tea. How was the hibiscus tea you have made? Did you like it?
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
8 Sep 16
Yes, it is nice. I added three calamansi because I do not have lemon, plus a very little brown sugar (muscovado). Thanks for the idea, I will teach it to my siblings and relatives too.
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@thelme55 (14336)
• Germany
8 Sep 16
@acelawrites that´s good. This drink is also good for those who have colds.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
8 Sep 16
@thelme55 thanks, it is very useful and handy too because in the Philippines, gumamela is a common ornamental plant. Now I am taking notice of its importance.
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