Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tears from Heaven





Finally, a few tears from heaven.







Opuntia cochenillifera. The Cochineal Cactus.




Pachypodium geayi from Madagascar. It is one of the tallest in the genus.






The piebald majesty of the mysterious Allspice tree.

The culinary spice, Allspice (Pimenta dioica), comes from the dried berries of this tree. Its distinctive white bark makes it a real standout in the landscape. The leaves from the tree, when crushed, have the characteristic Allspice scent. Heavenly.


An urchin watches...





a vale of tears on my window. (Mildred, do you see how my house is actually peach colored!)




The rain does not bring unhappiness. It brings great joy.





My neighbor's red house.




Rain and mist.

17 comments:

  1. We had a slight sprinkle yesterday, but that's been it. *sigh*

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  2. I LOVE these photos and your peach house color is so pretty! It must be fit in beautifully with the amazing landscape. I admire that tree with the allspice berries...one of my favorite scents! Harriet wishes you and Angelina a wonderful day!

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  3. I love rain. In Arizona, rain is a rare ocassion. Your skies are amazing. Angelina is such a cutie! Trixie sends a hi.

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  4. Gorgeous photos as always! I planted the lupine, larkspur and foxglove seeds directly in the ground in Dec. also the wildflowers that I have been posting lately. My four o'clocks are more like seven o'clocks too!

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  5. What beautiful pictures. I know your plants are happy to see some rain!
    I never knew where allspice came from, it does have a pretty bark and I'd be crushing leaves all the time to smell it.
    Angelina is too cute!

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  6. great photos..your dog is so cute!rain rain rain we have had quite a bit here in Texas...the sun is finally out today...yipee

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  7. Love those skies, and the mysteriousness of the views through the rainy windows.

    The all-spice tree looks wonderful. I like 'piebald majesty'.

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  8. Your rain looks beautiful. We're in our driest season. That Pachypodium geayi looks like a fabulous metal sculpture.

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  9. The Pachypodium geayi colour is so cool. Looks metalic. This is the first time I see one all-spice tree. I find it strange to see the white bark. Oh the rain and mist, I miss them nowadays. TQ for your wonderful comments you left in my blog. I wish all your flowers in your garden will bloom soon :-)

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  10. Your rain photos are so beautiful and unique. I love allspice but I've never seen any photo of the tree before. Thanks for posting.

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  11. Blessing rain will make good to your beautiful flowers. This is another series of really beautiful and interesting photos.

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  12. We need some of that joy here! Beautiful photos & thanks for including your beautiful little Prospero.

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  13. Oh yes, Pachypodium geayi we can find here in Singapore, seems to do quite well here but Never in flower.

    BTW, those views of the sea is from your house ? Its really divine, from a high cliff too I presume.

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  14. We can use some of those tears down here, my rain barrels are empty, it hasn’t rain here for over a month

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  15. You always have such beautiful things to see! I love your baby! :)

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  16. Stunning storm photos. Just wonderful.

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  17. Oh goody it's raining and now your sweetcorn will survive and grow.I love the window shot and that little urchin get cuter by each photo.

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