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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. These are usually audio and a few are video.  In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually a lot less often.  But in the Fall of 2018, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and you can expect new episodes now at least once a month.  - Paul Levinson

My Hibiscus Claims Its Place

Aug 10, 2007

hibiscus.jpg image by PaulLev 

My hibiscus tree is in full bloom.  I told you last week about my myrtle ... I guess every plant has a story ... or, at least, I have a story for just about everything I've ever planted...

We bought this hibiscus as a sickly sapling about 15 years ago.  It was on sale, and something about it looked promising, even though it looked as it had just been cured of some kind of insect attack.

I planted it on a low-maintenance side of our property (actually, our property could be described as all low-maintenance).  The hibiscus tree - with soft, crumply pink-lavender flowers - struggled for the first five-ten years.  But it always came back the next year, and managed to come through with some splendid blooms.

Last year, we had a decrepit white birch cut down - that's always the key.  A little bit more sun, maybe the hibiscus was ready, who knows.

But this year, for the first time, the hibiscus really looks like a tree.   It looks as if it more than doubled its size from last year.   All feels good in this tiny corner of the cosmic.  The hibiscus has claimed its proper place.