Winter Honey

Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis)

Flora Friday, the weekly botanical column, said this past March 15 that Cape Honeysuckle “can produce its flowers just about any time of year.” As if to prove the point, this Cape Honeysuckle bush in the forested grove on the west side of the park put out these luscious, summery looking clusters of honey-dripping red flowers in the first week of January. Was it fooled by a day or two of sunshine into thinking Spring had sprung? Or is it just the kind of plant that blooms to a different drummer? Whatever the reason, the nearby resident Anna’s Hummingbird is bound to spot it and enjoy its sweet winter bounty.

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte ana)

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