The rains have begun and we have had our first flood. It’s funny – the only time the sun is not out in the Caribbean is when it is raining but that doesn’t make it less hot. The humidity is sweltering and even more so when the clouds linger. But when the sun does come out, it is with a vengeance. Wildflowers pop their heads up in the most unlikely of places. Some burst into flames in the sun, others cling to the hope of the shade. These are some of the wildflowers in my neighbourhood. They don’t scream out at the casual passerby. But if you really stop to look, they reward you with casual lowland beauty.
The oft forgotten Grass Flower. Taken up really close you can see how pretty they are – little florets circling a purple thimble
Doesn’t she look like sunshine?
Lady’s Slipper, Cayman style.
The flowers are everywhere! Hidden among the grasses and climbing, like this one, through the trees
A swamp flower, only found in the salty lowlands
This flower, about the size of my hand, carpets the roadside along a vine.
In contrast, these little pinks are about a quarter the size of the fingernail on my little finger
The Spanish Needle – a useful plant harvested from the wild to feed rabbits and horses. We often forget it has a flower.
Much like the giant white, this purple flower runs through the grasses and pops up a splash of colour here and there.
We are not the only ones enjoying the flowers. This is some form of wild pea and you can see the similarity to the St. Elizabeth Gungo Pea flower.
This heaving vine doesn’t always begin wild. But it is hell to control once its roots hit soil.
There is one grass flower, hard and stiff, poking up among the grasses and hiding in view of the trees. Can you spot its brown spikes?