Bloom Boom

Flower Flower1 “10 am flower” or “Morning Blossom” – call it what you want but the Portulaca Grandiflora is one wonder of nature that has fascinated me since I was a kid.
It was then that we used to pluck it early in the morning and ‘colour’ our hands and faces and went to one of our mothers to judge who had ‘painted’ himself the best.
This native of South America (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in particular) blooms only for a couple of hours in the morning, mostly around 10 am.
But here in Bahrain, since the sun is up early, the bloom is generally over by that time.
I saw this in the garden today, a rare sight since we are never at home during ‘bloom time’. The carpet is think and green, the flowers colourful and the sight pretty.
Sadly, this will continue for another couple of weeks though the plant will remain ‘live’ only to flower once again in March when the short and mild winter we have in Bahrain is over.