Summer’s the ‘official’ season for guavas here. And yet when they bloom, somehow they do not stand out because other fruits also vie for attention, namely the mangoes and the Indian blackberries. In other words, there’s much going on all around. The other flowering shrubs and summer bloomers take our attention away from the guavas. It’s the smell of the ripe fallen fruit, the buzzing of the bees and the other pollinators, and the birds who come to peck, the butterflies who come to feed…all announce that these sweet guavas are ready for the picking. But in winter, with the new plantings of annuals and a little weariness in most of the shrubs, the few guava blooms stand out in their white showiness. It’s strange how every winter a few blooms make their appearance, followed by a handful of fruit. But summer’s the time for that delightful deluge, of taste and the rest of the senses.
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