Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Powder Puff Bush....for Ginny

Ginny asked what are the berries in my post Flowers and Foolishness. The bush blooms December to March and it loves cold weather. It is a Powder Puff Bush

If you are allergic to bees you should know this plant is a bee Magnet. they love it and every bloom has it's own bee. On the good side Butterflies love it also.

Each berry has  it's own show each day. this photo shows berry, partialy open puff and a full open puff. they do feel just like powder puffs.

The tip of every single limb has 10 to 30 berries at any given time. some open in twos and threes.

Others amaze me when five open on the same day. I picked this limb after I took the photo, made sure it was Bee Free and took it with me to visit my friends in a nursing facility. It was passed from hand to hand and powdered cheeks. the flowers are soft and delicate but hold up very well for a few hours.

This is what they look like after 3 or 4 days and they are still beautiful to me. the bush is the size of a car and about 15 feet tall. the month of December it is our backyard Christmas Tree and decorates itself. One year I put white lights in it and it ws beautiuful. the problem was? the dogs kept running through the strings of lights and dragging them off on the ground. Now we just enjoy the puffs.


Sunny said...

What an unusual plant, I don't think I've ever seen one before. It's really quite beautiful.
Sunny :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Wow, what a amazing plant. The flowers are stunning. I think I have seen these in Southern California but didn't look that close. If they attract bees, and probably butterflies, I will have to see if they can survive our climate.

Great photos Sandra.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful, Sandra. We had one of those bushes when I lived in Venice. I'm not sure I even knew its name back then....

Great post and interesting header!!!

Ginny said...

Thank you, Sandra. This is truly amazing! It's like a miracle bush. I've really never seen anything like it. I will go to all the greenhouses around here and see if they sell any. I am scared of bees, but this would BEE worth it! I hope they will grow in Virginia! By the way, I just finished a new post, and you are in it. By all means, keep my e-mail address. I will be glad to hear from you any time.

Ginny said...

My husband, Phil, really wanted to comment on this post. But he does not have a blog or a G-Mail account and could not sign in to make a comment. So he just typed this out and asked me to post it for him: Now you've done it, Sandra, and I'll have to get one of these for Ginny. She loves things large and overgrown, and is always begging me not to trim things. She also loves dandilions, mouse-eared hawkweed, and morning glories. So I have it real easy tending our place. She hates roses because her folks raised them and as a clumsy child she was always getting stuck.

MedaM said...

Oh how interesting and beautiful that plant is. Those flowers are really stunning as well as its color! Your photos are great!

SD at "Addicted to The Click" said...

What a cool bush! Love it - the color and all... pretty!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra -

You know how much I like dead and dying plants. The final picture in the series reminds me of what I see when I look in the mirror! jlpros