Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Twas The Day AFTER Christmas...



Powder Puff Bush 16 feet tall Dec 26, 2012
Click on photo to see just how amazing our outside Christmas tree is.

It loves our cold weather (50 to 65) and loves Dec/Jan it can survive 40 degrees but only for a couple of days.

Powder puff bush  one of many names for it. it is a Calliandra and there are 200 different species very similar.  Drought resistant, but loves water and likes temps between 50 and 65. Doesn't bloom in the summer heat, but our dwarf powder puff blooms year round.



and when the sun comes out, Standing staring up through the leaves, enjoying the sunshine, I realized I had found something MARVELOUS....


there was one of Lizzies children, clinging to a bud.... isn't she adorable? She is only 1 and 1/2 inches long...


The problem is, SHE is cute, the gazillion bees who live in these blooms are not. they are very aggressive during the cooler weather, and chase anyone that comes close. NOTHING can stop the MadSnapper


29 comments:

DawnTreader said...

It is a fantastic Christmas powder-puff tree, and the mini-lizard is an extra cute ornament :)

Remington said...

That is a beautiful tree! AND you have lizards on them too....they seem to be all over the place!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

This is really Beautiful Bush. Being a Canadian gal. I myself have never seen this kind of bush or tree. And you have lizards. Wow!..
This is a 10 out of 10 picture.

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

You're right, it's amazing. And beautiful too. Love the pic of the little lizard. It's very much like the one I found on a drying hydrangea bush a couple months ago. It was so tiny I thought it was just a little piece of a leaf. And then it moved and I realized it was alive! Maybe I'll put that pic on my blog today. Look how inspiring you are!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pretty new look here.

But you still could put the last one on, for long enough to take a pic of your screen... And thus, keep it. :-)

Madi and Mom said...

OH MY WORD what a beautiful Christmas gift from our Maker!!
Love the photo of Lizzie's kids.
The powder puff bush is new to us and we love it.
Hugs madi and Mom

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous christmas tree!!! and sweet baby lizard! hope she lives a long time!

Maple Lane said...

Just beautiful! I love all those colorful blooms. That sure is a tiny lizard!

Deb said...

So pretty ... Lizard is adorable

Susannah said...

Hello Sandra, What gorgeous pictures!.....the blooms are amazing!
The colors just pop. You must have tons of lizards!

Gail said...

Stunning photos!!! You outdid yourself this time. Simply beautiful to see a flower and a young lizard when we are covered with snow.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful !!! I love those feathery looking flowers. The added decorations like a little critter are cute.

Ginny said...

Oh MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the header! You have your Christmas tree when everyone else is getting ready to put or throw theirs away! The tiny lizard on the buds...the last picture, truly tears are in my eyes. And I now know what I will do with your headers. I am making a powder puff collage. I will hang it on the wall or put on the end table, depending on how big I make it. Using some of these then going to type it in your little archive box and look for more. If you have any you just took and are good, but you decided not to post them, send me a few. You are Brave, you are Superwoman. You ARE PUFF GIRL!! You must be, because you got not one sting.

Ginny said...

I clicked on your LABELS, and got quite a few more good pictures, but still send me if you have more really good ones. Now it will be hard choosing just a few!!

Ann said...

Those blooms are amazing and the lizard is so cute. She looks mighty regal poised on that flower

A Quiet Corner said...

So,Sandra, when you took the close up of the bloom, we're you wearing your bee suit

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

These are outstanding photos, blowed me over. Stay away from those bees....

I hope your Chrismas was blessed and you have a SAFE New Year.

EG CameraGirl said...

Amazing, that's for sure. The blossoms are stunning close up. Love your little lizard pal...I think. :))

Dee said...

OK...I gotta move...to much beauty in your area that I am missing out on :)

photowannabe said...

Terrific close up of the puff. I think it's so amazing to see all the detail in most flowers. We just need to stop and look.
Lizzie's "child" is quite a little looker. Glad you braved the bees and captured the photo.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Gorgeous bush, I like the lizard, it is cute

Chatty Crone said...

You are right Sandra - that Powder Puff Bush with the green and red - is gorgeous and it looks like a beautiful Christmas tree - next year add a couple of ornaments and you have your decorations for the outside all done.

EM Illustrator said...

Beautiful pictures, and I love the one with the two lizards on it. And it makes a beautiful Xmas tree indeed :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, I love the full view of the bush. That is a very nice Christmas tree. What great photos of the blooms and the little lizard. Lizzie's kids are cute.

SweetMarie said...

Baby lizards are so cute!!!! You really got great photos of this little one! I feel so bad when Rocket hunts them.
I've missed your blog!

Betty Manousos said...

what a fascinating flower! terrific close-ups! i so enjoy your photos, great work on the lighting.

those sweet baby lizards are so cute!
i love your christmas tree too.

Catherine said...

I like that little lizard - cute!
xo Catherine

Rose said...

I am looking...trying to see all I have missed...not going to comment on all if I can help it. That is the trouble with being absent from blogging...I usually want to comment on everything i have missed! Anyway, just had to stop and comment on this...love this last close up of the powder puff. How gorgeous this thing is.

ClickNCamera said...

Love this tree, but it wouldn't survive our winters besides my husband is allergic to the bees...drat! Thanks for visiting my blog, and steering me to these photos. Enjoy your day!