Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kool-Aid bush ~ 04/06/10 ~ Pacific Grove

Kool-Aid bush
Psoralea pinnata

At the Easter shindig, we met Michelle who tends this B&B's garden. She told us to stop and smell this tree since it only blooms for a short period of time. Considering the heavy rains we had Sunday night, I'm surprised the tree had any blooms left at all. She gave me the scientific name, but my auditory memory is incredibly poor - I need to take the hint from all the moms out there and carry around a notepad so I can take notes of things I want to remember. Next time I see Michelle, I'll make sure to correct the ID for this post.

ps 05/25/13 - I initially posted this as "Soon to be ID'd fragrant, flowering tree", and have finally gotten around to correcting the ID.  Michelle has since taken out this older tree and allowed one of its seedlings to grow in its place.  The only other spot I remember seeing this bush anywhere around here is on the way to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach where we went last spring for a fundraiser.  I'm thinking if it's not in bloom, I'd hardly give it a second look.  This garden plant hails from South Africa.
It's almost harbor seal pup season. The fencing was already up by the time we got back from Rome on Friday. We haven't seen any pups, yet. See April 15, 2009 for pics of last year's pups.