Maybe I walked around the neighborhood more this year?
Dad says they bloomed twice last year, but I dunno...
They are from South America and many years ago, they used to bloom only in the fall.
Close up of the flowers:
Other years I have noticed fewer flowers, and more sticky sap residue.
They still make a mess on the streets.
This was last Sunday, 1 day after the gardener leaf-blowed the driveway:
I am kinda glad the painter hasn't finished my Green car yet.
I would hate for it to get rained on by these purple flowers!
I also made some bracelets today.
I was looking for an idea and I found these long tube beads:
I cut some elastic type cords and stuffed them into the tubes with a little super glue:
I didn't put a lot of glue because I didn't want the outside to get crusty.
At first they all fell apart when I went to put them on.
I expected that, since I didn't know what I was doing.
After another drop of glue, they were all cemented pretty well and didn't come apart again.
I think it worked only because there is a lot of surface area inside the metal tubes.