These are some blossoms in our MIMOSA (not to be confused with the Drink) TREE.
I had my mom take pictures last NIGHT so you could see how the leaves all FOLD UP when it starts getting dark... Mimosa trees are in the Sensitive Plant Family and that is what they do... BUTT at night it is difficult to see the bright PINK of the blossoms.. they come out looking kinda purple.
She got a little closer here that you could see the leaves in the DAY time... see how flat and FERN LIKE they are in the daytime? When we moved here there was ONE Mimosa tree... BUTT it got REALLY REALLY big and went OVER the TOP of the HOUSE and was starting to interfere with my Satellite Receiver fur MY InterMUTTS... so they started two NEW trees and then cut DOWN the Old one. THIS is the furst summer that the new ones have bloomed. The Humming Birds and Bees just LOVE the blossoms. If you touch a blossom they are soooooo sticky that you can't hardly get them off. It is VERY VERY rare for a Mimosa to actually LIVE (let alone BLOSSOM) this far NORTH. Ours is on the SOUTHeast side of the house and is very well protected. We think that is why it does so well. PeeS... the DRINK is made with... Orange Juice and Champagne.
Some of you asked about MY humming birds... They are RUBY THROATED ones. They usually arrive in Late April and we are suppose to STOP Feeding them the first week of September... so that it helps them to start their return trip to Florida for the winter. This is the first year in the last 4, that we have had THIS many.... Last night Mom counted 10 at one time... Drinking and flying and perching near the feeders.
FIVE years ago... mom had to have 6 Feeders out and was going through a GALLON of Feed EVERY DAY. Last year we only had 3 hummers. So we are REALLY thrilled with the additional 7.
PeeS..... Olympics are Coming SOOOOOOOOON I just wanted to leave you with this.. I will have a DAILY POST Up... with LINKS to the Events for that day. Some of the hosts will be putting up the Mr. Linky thingy also... It is gonna be the biggest BLAST in Blogville history.