Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy nature almost as much as I enjoy my children. So, I'm starting a Nature Notes category to record some of our finds and observations, and to ask about some of our mysteries.
Here's one solved mystery (or almost solved): I had asked about this tree. Baba Julie suggested that it might be a locust tree. I found a picture that looks almost exactly like mine. Once I get my books, I'll see what kinds of locust trees are here, and then we should know exactly what our "soapy smelling trees" are.
Here's the next mystery tree:
They're blooming everywhere now, actually just reached the peak of their season, I think. Jaan and Raia love the long pods hanging on these trees, and we're all enjoying their beauty and fragrance.