Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant

 My husband and I drove from Key Largo down to Marathon in the Florida keys about a week ago and saw a lot of these beautiful trees in bloom. I’m fascinated by them. They make a large seed pod and have a beautiful flower!

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Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name royal poinciana or flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as “flame tree”.

In the continental United States, it grows in South Florida, Central Florida,and sporadically in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

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Violas, Johnny-Jump Ups

While in North Carolina I saw these beauties!


Delicately fragrant flowers are edible and make delightful garnishes. Very winter hardy and eager to self-sow in the shade of summer plants, violas are cheerful surprises in the cool months. Johnny-Jump Up is tricolored in bright purple, yellow and white. Violas will rebloom in fall if cut back in the heat of summer.

I wonder if there are butterflies somewhere in the world that look like these flowers?

Golden Rain

     As I read and drank a cup of coffee on Mother’s Day, while looking out my kitchen picture window, I was treated to beautiful,yellow blossoms falling from our Golden Raintree. A pair of squirrels were busily chasing each other around in the tree knocking the blossoms loose. The trees lived up to their name that morning! Every spring I get to enjoy these blossoms!

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Petals decorating the ground after falling.