Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Powder Puff Extraordinaire!


I have posted many photos of the powder puff flower. This year it has done extraordinary things which we have never seen before. It has never had seed pods and we have discussed why not. Now we believe it is because we did not let it mature as long. Every other year Bob hacks it down to four feet. But this year the last time he hacked it down was 2009.


The tree is a monster and at times has had up to 200 blooms on it this year. We have not touched it and these dead looking things are different stages of the flowers as they go from bright red to dark and dreary,


If you have not seen the flower click HERE   to see the hacking down photos of 2009 click HERE







30 comments:

Deb said...

Love those blooms it reminds me of our Memosa tree.. When I was a kid I would the blooms in my hair pretend I was in Hawaii.. Or pretend they were powder puffs

EM Illustrator said...

Great pictures, love these close up shots. Hope you're doing good?
Having lunch here :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Flowers are so fascinating, aren't they! And the seed pods. What a Designer!

Maple Lane said...

Fascinating in all its different stages. Great photos.
Enjoy your day - lots of FOG here!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Its interesting how they dried up. Hope you are feeling better ... mom suggested sitting on a ball. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Dee said...

It reminds me of a pink dust mop....love your unique flowers.

Rose said...

This sure has been fun to see...I cannot imagine having it in my yard.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

even the dead ones, are pretty though...

TexWisGirl said...

i wish it would grow here - i'd have you gather seeds for me...

GOOSE said...

That is so cool! I think all the stages are beautiful.
Blessings,
Goose

Susannah said...

Even these are extremely interesting. Do you think Bob will hack it down this year or is it too late?Great photos.

Muffy's Marks said...

They are so pretty when in full bloom, but get quite ugly as they fade.

Catherine said...

These puffs are so pretty!
xo Catherine

Cheryl @ TFD said...

They are such interesting flowers and pretty, too! Hope you are feeling better!

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barbara l. hale said...

That is one interesting plant! Mother Nature at her most creative.

Ginny said...

Wow, it looks like a dust mop in a couple of these pictures! The pods are amazing, they have green around the edges and silver in the middle, like someone painted them. The first picture, it looks like a raised sword getting ready to cut the flower, can you see it? It is so COOL!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Yes,I agree with Ginny.It looks like a dust mop.The seed pods are very unique and with that bright colour,quite attractive.

LC said...

coloful and intriguing!

Madi and Mom said...

i NEVER TIRE OF THE POWER PUFF PICTURES. HUGS MADI AND MOM
Seems it has a host of looks before it is done for the season

A Quiet Corner said...

Flowers are so intriguing...we can never predict what our cactus' will do!...:)JP

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I don't recognize that plant at all- but I definitely like it better pink than brown.

Ann said...

glad Bob didn't hack it down and you got to see this and share with us. This is extraordinary and I love it in all it's glorious stages.

Betty Manousos said...



amazed at your gorgeous shots!
love those vibrant colours and what beautiful flowers indeed.
interesting, too.

hope you're feeling better.

Betsy Adams said...

Enjoyed all of the different stages of the Powder Puff blossom...

We saw something similar inside the conservatory at Biltmore recently... I'll show the photo sometime and let you decide if it's the same thing.

Hugs,
Betsy

Jackie said...

Wow...that is one very beatiful tree/bush! I wish they would grow here too.

I would love to have one those. Your photos are awesome too. But I am just in love with those blooms!

Chatty Crone said...

You have all the stages there and it sure looks like it may have a lot of seeds. They sure are pretty. I hope you feel better. sandie

SquirrelQueen said...

These blooms are beautiful and they remain interesting at all stages. I like how it turns purple (at least on my monitor) as it dies. All of your photos in this post are pretty but I love, love, love the first one!

George said...

This powder puff flower is very interesting. I like the way you've shown the blossom in various states. Does this mean it won't get hacked down quite as often?

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Looking back at your Powder Puff flower Tree. I don't think I have seen one like this. Beautiful!