The flowers in the mountains around here are amazing. My favorite was this date palm flower, which we at first thought was a beehive. It’s crawling with flies and about two feet long at least. Really weird looking.
There are flowers everywhere you look. They wrap around fences, poke up between cracks in the sidewalk, and crawl up the side of the houses.
The first time I ever saw a banana tree was in Houston. No other state I’ve lived in is warm enough for them, but even Houston is too cold to allow them to produce fruit. When I came here and saw bunches of bananas hanging from the trees I got all nerdily excited. How could it be that a there is a food we are so familiar with, and yet I’d never in my life seen where it came from? This was the first time I’ve seen one with the flowers still attached.
Orchids like this are so hard to keep alive in the US, and normally just wilt and die when I so much as walk in the room. Here they just bust out of the trees right and left. I swear every third tree has at least one gorgeous orchid popping out of it.
I have such a black thumb with plants, so I’m duly impressed when I see such perfectly formed petals just growing in nature with no help from anybody. Way to go Mother Nature.
And the colors? Love it.
Red, pink, blue, purple, yellow, and every shade in between.
These orangy-red spikey ones are another favorite. They’re just so festive.
These red ones are usually alive with humming birds. My young friend showed me that if you pick the flower and suck the nectar out of the bottom they are sweet as honey. Smart hummingbirds.
An early morning walk let me catch them all full of dew before the sun came out in force.
Yes, there it is a beautiful place. I’m lucky to be here.
Can any of you help me out with the names of these plants and flowers? Nancy? I know you know them all!