My first thought was about the wonderful climbing rose my dad grew along the fence in our backyard.
It was a wonderful, marvelous, magical pink blooming rose which put all its energy into one big burst of the rosiest roses I've ever smelled. Then all at once, it would drop every petal, covering the ground beneath it.
I surely did love to walk through those petals, kicking them up with my feet, smelling the rosy scent. It was a tiny bit of heaven in our backyard, for at least a day or two until the petals got chopped up by the mower.
Such a grisly end. My apologies.
I do love a good petal drop.
Not all flowering trees and shrubs have a good petal drop. My crabapple has a good petal drop. Just imagine, because I'm too lazy to find a picture, tight dark pink buds fading to a blush of rose and then dropping in a gentle rain of petals, covering the ground beneath. I love when it happens and because there is no lawn beneath the crabapple tree, I can leave the petals and let the garden fairies scurry around and take however many they want to take.
Because you know that's what happens when petals fall to the ground like that. They attract the garden fairies who take the petals for all manner of uses... clothing, hats, bedding.
Imagine finding enough rose or apple blossom petals to stuff your mattress full?
Out in that strange land I visited last week, that place called California, I found a nice petal drop from a pink floss tree, Chorisia speiosa 'September Splendor'.
The blooms up close are not too shabby either.
But there are other trees and shrubs with good petal drop. And we have falling leaves beginning in late September, so who needs pink floss trees?
Yes, leaves can be pretty on the ground, too, like the lovely golden leaves of my honey locust tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, falling now.
But this coming spring, there will be petal drops galore. I can hardly wait, for a I do love a good petal drop.
And so do the garden fairies.