Friday, July 11, 2008

Meditations and Mimosa

I will move on with this blog and leave the topics of the past postings that included the world of surgeons and gastroenterologists! (Thank heavens, you all say!)

I am always amazed with the blessings that Judy and I have witnessed throughout our lives. As I sat on the porch this evening, I pondered the beauty of nature and the marvelous energy this planet has to offer. The clouds were especially inviting for an evening meditation.

I walked to the back yard and noticed the Mimosa tree was blooming profusely. What another example of the wonders of nature! This huge tree was given to us by Britany Stewart of Burnsville many years ago when she was a little gal. The Mimosa arrived in a styrofoam cup, took up residence in our back yard, and developed quickly into an impressive specimen.

Mimosas rapidly grow to about 20-25 ft. They have a tropical look, but are very hardy. They adapt to almost any soil type. They are drought tolerant and can be planted in full sun or partial shade.

Hummingbirds love the exotic blossoms. They smell wonderful. The fragrant, hot pink blooms grow in clusters, adding an explosion of color and excitement to any yard.

The mimosa tree is from Asia and Africa. It is sometimes called a Silk tree. It is a deciduous tree, which, by the way, also attracts bees and butterflies - as evidenced this evening. It was introduced into this country in 1745 as an ornamental tree.

During this time of the year the lillies are in full bloom. The plant below is another plant that is blooming and certainly a favorite of the Meads family. It is Crocosmia lucifer, a common perrenial that is native to South Africa.

Saturday, I will blog our adventure with Diana on Fallen Timber. We, hopefully, will go swimming there with Jeff and Sarah AND SAMMY! .


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