We’re slowly seeing the signs of spring here on St. John. Albeit not as dramatic as springtime in America, we do, contrary to what many believe, have definite seasons. Today, for example marks the day that America goes back on Daylight Time, making Eastern Standard Time (EST) equal to our Atlantic Standard Time (AST). The seawater has become warm enough not to be so shocking (for baby like me anyway, but not warm enough for a baby like my friend Mario). More scientifically demonstrating the coming of a new season is the appearance of flowers on my mango tree and the aloes in bloom a buzz with bees and hummingbirds in the morning.
St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Sunday, March 11
Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336 Beach Bar – The Blood Gypsies – 5:00 – 777-4220 Concordia – Bo – Sunday Brunch – 10:00 am Driftwood Dave’s – Live Music – 1:00 – 4:00 – 777-4015 Miss Lucy’s – Samba Combo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5354 Ocean Grill – David Laab – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304 Rhumblines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00 Shipwreck Landing – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00 Skinny Legs – Groove Thang – 6:00 -779-4982 Sun Dog Cafe – David Laab – 11:00 am- 2:00 pm – 244-9713 Westin Beach Bar – Rich Greengold – 6:30 – 9:30 – 244-9713
I though I might share some of the little things that made me smile this morning.
I noticed that my lime tree is in flower again. This is a local lime tree, not a grafted one. The limes have seeds and they turn yellow when ripe. They’re full of juice and are sweet in a limey sort of way. I planted this tree from a seed given to me by John Gibney, taken from a lime grown on my favorite lime tree. The tree flowers all over and almost all the flowers ripen turn into limes that fall to the ground when they get ripe. I would guess that each time it bears it gives at least 100 limes, probably more.
Now the lime tree is in flower once again and today as I walked by, I remembered something about the flowers. They’re special also. They have the most delicious aroma, like a beautiful perfume from an expensive perfume store.
Good T’ing! Made me smile.
I have a lot of aloes in the garden. I used to used them in shakes, but not so much recently. They’re good for sunburns or any kind of burn. Now they’re all in flower. The best thing about the aloe flower is that it attracts hummingbirds. My neighbors Adam and Jane have a hedge of aloes where I took this video on day when the aloes were in full bloom.
This is one of my favorite orchids. It’s not native to St. John. My guess is that it came fro El Yunque in Puerto Rico, but I’m not sure. It has been in bloom many times and each time it makes me smile.
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