"They're Hibiscus" she told me. "All of them." I'd thought they looked similar, except for the colors, but there were some I hadn't realized were in the same category. "The dogs eat them all the time." She said. "They're edible."
"Your dogs eat a lot of things." I reminded her. "That doesn't automatically make something 'edible.'"
"Ok." she countered. "The dogs eat them and don't die."
She also told me that, among other things, Hibiscus are used in Red Zinger tea. They're what give the tea its "red." (I know... the rest of the world probably knew that already. Now I know too :) )
At the end of our walk, I thanked her for the two flowers she'd handed me, then held out the orange one and said "This is a Double Hibiscus." - I knew this, now, because she'd told me 15 minutes earlier. You can tell it's a Double Hibiscus because of the second layer of petals within the first.
"Yes." she said, "And what's the other one?"
I looked at the other flower in my hand, then triumphantly thrust it forward and said "Pink!"
"Yes..." she said, "that's the color, but what kind is it?"
I looked at it again, and after a moment of pondering, I held it out again - with more authority this time - and gleefully proclaimed "- PINK!" :)
It's a "Flamingo Pink" Hibiscus