Aaaaahhh...the first day of Autumn. The State Fair is in full swing, leaves are juuuust starting to turn, and there's a crisp bite to the evening air.
But it also means that the chocolate flower days are numbered, and they are sending forth their final, fragrant bursts of blooms. When I first heard of chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata
), I thought, "pinch me." No way. But they're real, and they really do smell like hot chocolate, especially in the morning. Yum. And they're extremely xeric: You can find them popping up on wind-blown sandhills, in cracks between pavement, and thriving in neglected medians.
I will miss finding the sunny yellow flowers in my meanderings around town and in my garden, but since it's officially autumn now, I'll gladly trade the mere scent of hot chocolate for a big mug of the real thing...
Ladies and gentlemen, start your molinillos!
Bate, bate, chocolate,
tu nariz de cacahuate.
Uno, dos, tres, cho!
Uno, dos, tres, co!
Uno, dos, tres, la!
Uno, dos, tres, te!
Bate, bate, chocolate!
Bate, bate, bate, bate,
Bate, bate, CHOCOLATE!