This time of year, the hillsides of St. Croix are sprinkled with vibrant shades of red-orange and the rare yellow flamboyant trees. The “Delonix regia” native to Madagascar is also called Royal Poinciana here in the Virgin Islands.
As children, we would shake the pods to make music, our “shack, shack”. We also painted the pods and displayed them on the walls and yes, on occasion, there was a sword fight. Our flamboyant trees have been ravaged by hurricanes and decimated by disease over the past 5 years, so it is quite pleasant to see an abundance of trees blooming again. This colorful season gives great joy to living on St. Croix.