GOLDEN MEDALLION TREES BLOOM IN SAN DIEGO IN AUGUST – As if a florist arranged an avenue of sunny yellow “flower bouquet” trees, the trees line the streets delighting the eye. Golden Medallion trees – cassia leptophylla – are originally from Brazil, but they thrive now in San Diego. When the yellow flower petals fall off, they leave a pale green “flower” behind, which is quite lovely. The sidewalks & yards are covered with strewn flower petals floating on the summer breezes. After the trees bloom, they leave foot long brown seed pods that rattle when you pick them up! Nature is simply magic.
PURPLE ORCHID TREE – December in San Diego brings streets are lined with blooming Purple Orchid Trees (bauhinia purpurea), which originated in Asia, South China & Japan. These trees are drought tolerant. The purple orchid flowers are gorgeous & the leaves are shaped like butterflies! If you look at a branch of this tree, the leaves really do look like butterflies!
“AUTUMN BLESSINGS ON THE WIND” – Nature sighs as summer ends & winter is on it’s way. Gusts of wind shake loose all the colorful leaves from surrounding trees to reveal their handsome winter silhouettes. Stark winter beauty is on the way.
“Autumn Blessings” – small watercolor.