Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Last Hurrah

this magnificent Powder Puff bush, resides in our back yard and I have a full view of it from our kitchen window. It blooms all winter, starting early November through April.



Two photos above taken Feb 10, 2011

I am happy and  sad to say, it is now blooming its last hurrah, which means it is covered in blooms. I took these below photos Feb 26, 2011 and you can see it has even more blooms.





 In April the blooms will drop and this is what will happen, below is April 2009 Great Chopping Expediton
the bush now is twice as tall as I am and each year is cut back to 4 feet tall. if not it would devour the backyard compelely.

Don't be sad for the bush, within 4 weeks, by the end of March it will be 5 feet tall and growing like crazy,

21 comments:

Snapper II said...

This bush is beautiful.
Much enjoyment while it lasts. I sure wish azalias would bloom all summer

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

Love it!

Catherine said...

How nice to have such a beautiful bush and flowers in the middle of winter. A real cheer-upper! Looks like Bob prunes bushes like I do! But he gets better results.

George said...

What a way to go. It's a beautiful bush, but I'm not sure I would want the job of trimming it back each year.

Mama-Bug said...

They are quite lovely. Looks like poor Bob is in a jungle back there!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Sandra, The Powder Puff Bush is so gorgeous. I remember them from my days in Venice, FL... I especially love them since they bring 'winter' color.... And since RED is one of my favorite winter colors, then that is why I love that bush....

Cutting it back is truly good for it though.... It will be even more beautiful next year.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful Powder Puff bush..... They do NOT grow up here. Sniff Sniff...
Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny said...

Good grief, Bob looks like he's standing in the middle of a jungle!!! How does he keep that all up just by himself? I have always loved that bush. Is everything there your property, or is what is behind him state forest? Ha ha ha!

LC said...

Hmmmmm. . . Is this what it is like living in the tropics? Tomatoes before anybody else, beautiful blooms in winter and riotous greenery! thanks for letting us enjoy it without the work!

S. Etole said...

what a colorful display to enjoy ...

Remington said...

That is very pretty. Beth just read a book called Cross Creek and she said she got a good idea of what FL is like....

Kilauea Poetry said...

We have (Hawaii) these too and I love the intensity of the color! There are other varieties as well. That firecracker tree is doing about the same now..I need to cut it back. I think clearing palms are worse and I'm sure you can relate to that! I periodically help. I enjoy the coconuts though? Hey, I do know if I told you I like your header:)

srp said...

What an unusual plant! Wouldn't make it at all here would it?

DawnTreader said...

It's beautiful!

Nezzy said...

WoW, I sure wish I had somethin' to look out at that would bloom in our winter weather!!!

Quite frankly, may I be frank here, I'm sick of winter's dormant browns and snowcovered fields.

God bless and have a beautiful day sweetie!!!

Giveaway...my place!

Ann said...

How nice to have flowers in winter. Those are really pretty and that is one huge bush. Amazing how much it can grow in such little time

Krista said...

WOW! I am astounded that any one plant can grow SO much in a year. Or, just a season for that matter! Up here in the Great White North, things grow very slowly because our growing season is so short. This is a really neat plant though. Great pictures!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those flowers are so pretty.I have never heard of this kind of plant before.
Blessings,Ruth

Chatty Crone said...

The Last Hurrah - how interesting - I have never heard or seen this bush before. It's lovely and really grows like a bush - lots of stems.

Love your blog header picture -

sandie

The Retired One said...

What a cool little red puffy bush it is...I have never seen anything like it!! thanks for sharing it with us!

Madeline said...

Bye, bye powder puff bush. I know from experience it will return.....It is beautiful!

SquirrelQueen said...

My goodness, if you didn't keep that tree cut back it would take over your yard...pool...house...uh,oh there goes the neighborhood!

Those blooms are so beautiful, what a great sight from your kitchen window.