Sighted these blooms on an African Tulip tree across the street from Martin’s Restaurant, where we conduct our weekly writers group. The roof had a piece of plastic tarp hanging down from it that flapped in the wind, obscuring this view. I had to take a few to finally get this. My favorite tree. I had a yellow one in my yard that was blocking my last view of the lake so sadly I had to cut it down.
I didn’t actually steal these flowers. I merely photographed them as I drove down the hill to buy bags of dirt for some replanting . I actually drove past, then stopped, backed up and parked so I could take these shots. Certainly better filled out than my two strands.
This is the tree I asked Pasiano to cut down twice six months ago, when it was in its messy dormant stage where it was dropping all its leaves to stand ugly and gray beside the pool. I guess I’m glad he didn’t, but may change my mind when it is once again flowerless and leafless!
Can you see the little purple flower against this backdrop?
How about now?
perhaps if I climbed up closer.
Do you see it now?
Why didn’t I think of breaking off a piece earlier? Much easier to identify it in person.
But alas, no luck.
Here are some more shots of the little purple flower that I played around with yesterday. I don’t think I gave any idea of how tiny it is, so I’m trying again today. As you can see, it is smaller than a thumbnail and difficult to see against all the color of flashier flowers and foliage surrounding it. My research didn’t yield the name of this flowering bush, although at one point I saw two pictures of it on my screen that matched exactly. I was so excited before I determined that I was looking at my own photos! Back to the drawing board. (If you want to read the captions you need to either hover over the photo or click on first photo to enlarge them all and show captions.)