I woke this morning to a luau in my garden. It took a few months for this Aloha hibiscus to bloom, but with such a generous dollop of colour, it was well worth the wait. Aloha is a classic Hawaiian hibiscus with bright blooms as big as my hand, fingers stretched.

It looks like we’ll have to relocate it to more dappled light. The flower’s delicate edges shrivelled and burned by early afternoon. It was a particularly hot and blustery day though. I’m glad I put it in a pot!

“Aloha!” It means hello and goodbye and expresses love and more. As one writer explains, aloha also means: “To consciously manifest life joyously in the present.”

There’s a thought for the new year. Aloha, everyone!