I had been on tenterhooks. Would Frankie the Frangipani flower before I left? A few weeks ago, things started getting hopeful.
Slowly, slowly I was seeing some progress.
And then just in time ..
The blooms sprouted as if by magic from what in the winter looked like dead deer antlers. Another of Nature's Easter messages. They are so exotic it's ridiculous, the waxy blooms that make up those Hawaian garlands and grace the ears of countless B movie stars. To top it all, they're suffused with a heady, almost artificial perfume that would belong at the Walmart cheap air freshener counter if it didn't come straight from the flower and thus be, well, just glorious.