Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.)

Spring has allegedly arrived, although the snowy skies in Connecticut might not have gotten the memo. This was always the time of the year I liked the most (or maybe second most, tough competition between this and autumn), when the flowers would start to bloom. It wasn’t just the colour and weather- there was always…

Spreading Dayflower (Commelina diffusa)

The little flower hidden amongst the grass was so tiny, and so asymmetrical, that I doubted its integrity. Still, its lovely- and I dare say unusual- shade of blue was enough to entice me to take a photo, in spite of the fact that it meant a prolonged display of my rear end to all…

Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum)

Someone, in an attempt to keep the wilderness in check, has hacked off the vegetation closest to the path. In an impressively straight line, sure, but I’m nonetheless annoyed that that lopped off the stinking passion flower vine that was nicely blooming and fruiting. Also, I think this guy has suddenly discovered that his penthouse…

Stinking Passionflower (Passiflora foetida)

The path from the bus stop cuts through swaths of wild growth, and when I saw a lovely little flower blooming, I whipped out my phone, with its awful camera and hairline screen cracks (it didn’t appreciate being dropped face down last week). But of course it failed to do the flower justice, so it…

Malabar Tamarind (Garcinia gummi-gutta)

All my life, I’ve seen a number of unusual flowers and fruit, but growing up in Singapore, you kind of get used to the general type of strange the island nurtures. This time though, the bright orange, pumpkin-like fruits peppering this tree’s branches intrigued me. Obviously I wasn’t tall enough to get close (not that…

Oaks (Quercus sp.)

The continuum of time numbs our senses, one season flowing into the next. It would happen on occasion that I’d suddenly look down one day to find the first buds bursting forth from bare branches, just freshly thawed after the season’s snows, or glanced up to find that the trees were looking a lot more…