Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ochna integerrima

Last year, you saw this tree in bloom at the right time to greet last year's Lunar calendar New Year of the Cat (or Rabbit if you follow the Chinese teaching.) This is how it looks today, beautiful with delicate yellow flowers everywhere. This is the famed Ochna integerrima that you see here and there on this blog, usually around the coming of a lunar new year. Following the Cat is the Dragon, my most favorite mythical sacred animal. The new Dragon year will begin this month on the 23rd which is a full 19 days from today. Did the owner of this tree make an error in his calculation? Is this tree too early? Will it run out of steam on the dates it is expected to bloom? We will find out on January 23rd.
Full Bloom

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