Summer’s ending. My sunflowers are no longer glorious and beautiful. Winged creatures have ravished them and divested them of all their seeds. We are grateful for the cheer that you have brought us. If they could talk, the birds and the bees would thank you for the nourishment you’ve provided them. We’ll see you next year.
I have been keeping an eye on this big kapok tree in our neighborhood. In spring she is heavy with large pods that burst open to reveal the fluffy white fiber inside. In late summer, her leaves fall off , replaced by pink flowers that look like the hibiscus (Gumamela). They have yellow centers with red flecks. At this time, when most flowers are on the wane, they are the only ones left flaunting their pretty pink petals for all the world to admire. They come in droves – these admirers. There are the busy bees.They’re just too many to count. The hummingbirds are regular visitors. There are usually four to five of them flitting about, serenading these beauties with their high-pitched songs. One time, I heard a familiar squawking noise and looked up to see two green parrots hopping on the topmost branches. By the end of the month, this kapok tree will be just like any other green tree in the neighborhood. I have two more weeks to delight in her splendor.