Here I am, once more checking up on the Retama, Parkinsonia aculeata, for Tree Following, hosted by Lucy at Loose and Leafy. Truthfully, there’s not much change from last month. I took these photos a few days after June’s Tree Following virtual convocation.
There are sparkles of blooms, but most of the flowers that were on the tree, dropped. With heavy rains in May and early June, the tree flowered. But the flowers had quite enough at that rainfall party, thank you very much, and exited the tree like floral confetti. Most rain-battered blooms ended on the ground. Some,
…decorated the honeybees’ watering hole. Now in July, there are blooms on the tree, but fewer and toward the top. These hard-to-photograph, waving-in-the-breeze flowers are visited by a variety of bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
The tree remains a resting spot for birds eyeballing the sunflower seed feeder in the adjacent Shumard Oak, or chastising the cats and the gardener who stroll along the pathway. Sometimes, the birds are just hanging out,
…like this Black-crested Titmouse, a juvenile I think.
Not as many blooms, but the foliage remains lush and leafy for mid-summer.
Thanks to Lucy at Loose and Leafy for hosting Tree Following. Pop over to her site to learn about trees from many places and situations.