22 June 2011

Flame Tree / Flower Rub



Every year I look forward to seeing the flame tree burst forth with its blooms.  The bright fiery red-orange blooms against the yellowish-green foliage is such an amazing contrast that I always marvel at their beauty whenever I see them.

Flame-tree

This year, in particular, because we’d had such dry weather, the blooms are particular bright and plentiful.  According to my friend’s husband, who’s an expert on all plant things.

flame-tree---single
 
Zoë gathered up these blooms that had fallen to the ground.  She said that she wanted to make a flower rub.  She must have done this at school, because I didn’t know what she was talking about.   With an I-can’t-believe-my-mommy-doesn’t-know-this kind of sigh, she said, “Okay, Mommy. Let’s bring these home and I will show you, okay?  You just have to put the flowers on a paper and then put another paper on top. Then you press hard. Then you rub a crayon over the paper.” {We ended up having to look for leaves for this project.  Flowers don’t “rub” well, we’ve learned.}

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