Ah, the Beauties and Joys of Zone 9 Gardening in New Orleans
These are the flowers that grow in front of mom's house--in February. Yes, hibscus in February. Unimaginable to those of us up North in southern New England, living in zone 5/6 (7a if you're on a certain part of the coast).
We in Boston aren't likely to see our hibiscus until July? or so. But it is Spring for certain! Lilacs, tulips, and my favorite: irises!
The funny thing for me about being in NOLA in Feb is that I get these terrible mid-Spring allergies twice: two weeks in Feb there, then again down here at the end of April/beginning of May! Worth it though, in both places.
Happy Spring! Happy Beltane!
More about New Orleans and my frequent visits there in the Vintage-Bridge.com New Orleans posts, "NOLA Series."