Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mimosa Blossoms... and

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.


K9 Katastrophie said...

Hi Frankie, your hummers are very cute! Mommy had one come to her garden several years ago. It was ruby throated too! Aren't they precious?


Dougall-the-Scottie said...

That tree sure is pretty, my grandhuman has a couple, she calls them "silk trees" though. They bring lots of birds to her yard!

My Mind's Eye said...

I did not know the interesting facts about Mimosa they certainly are pretty.
Mom has a severe case of humming bird
envy!! I MEAN SERIOUS...we have never had more than 3 but they are very faithful about returning each year.

Hugs from Madi your BFFF

3 doxies said...

Pssssst...hey Frankie and Ernie, it's me, Puddles. I stoled/borrowed da kennels 'puter. I was confused by your title and was hopin' it was da drink but I really likes dat flower, very purty color. I didn't knows they was sticky.
We has only had one hummer dis year and we don't sees him very often...but we has a woodpecker, does dat count?


Lovable Lily said...

First off Frankie, I didn't know you were into Champagne! We thought you took up the love of beer just like Puddles.

Secondly, give us back our Hummers... Or at least share them with us. We miss having them here. You are SOOO lucky to have so many of them. We saw our ONE this morning buzzing around. We miss having so many of them. Maybe ours went elsewhere because of our extreme heat and drought. I'm glad tho that you are taking such good care of them. Mommy gots NO pictures this year of her. Yes, our RTH is a girl. We are willing to trade you ~ I'll give you a racoon and 35 squirrels for 2 Hummers.

Thirdly, we are jonesing over here because it's just a few more days until the Olympics. We are soooo excited!

Lily Belle

The Websters said...

Beautiful flowers and humming birds.


Unknown said...

We love Mimosa. So looking forward to BO2012 and ours on Friday. Have a grand day.
Best wishes Molly

Anonymous said...

Flowers, Birds, Drinks and the Olympics in one post, Frankie your working overtime, thats some combination, we have trouble just thinking food and sleep!

Susie & Bites

Remington said...

We love hummers too! Already have some drinking from our feeders in WI.

GOOSE said...

You know if you spill the drink it is sticky too. I have not seen any hummer this year, but I have a TON of dragon flies. You know what? I curl up at night too.

Millie and Walter said...

What a cool tree. I still can't believe you get that many hummers at the same time!


Corbin said...

There's a tree that makes orange juice and champagne?! YUM! BOL!

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

What's yousa secret'ums to having so many Humming birdies? Wesa live in Kansas and they just don't comes...wesa lucky to have one all season.
Let us'uns know'ums.
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums

Dachshund Nola said...

Beautiful! I love those trees

Ruby said...

What a beautiful tree!! I've never seen those in person before!! Wow, that is alot of hummers! They sure a great to watch....just be careful if they start 'buzzin' ya!



Duke said...

Our Nonna had a mimosa tree in her yard and she always called it a dirty tree and mom always wondered why because she thinks they're just beautiful. It must have been the stick blossoms when they fell?

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Sweet William The Scot said...

Maybe the hummers knew you were going to serve them MIMOSAs this year.
Sweet William The Scot

The Army of Four said...

Woo! Those are very pretty! I like that pink color!

Angels Amber and Max DaWeenie and Mom said...

Me is nose slobbering all over dis laptop butt had to stop in and say How-Dee! We never see da hummers here. Guess it be too hot. Then dey go further south fur da winter. Do dey taste good???? Like Chicken???

Anonymous said...

Our humming bird feeder broke the year we had mad amounts of snow. We haven't replaced it yet, but when we had it we had one little hummingbird. I'll have to talk to hubby about getting another! Very cool pictures.

sprinkles said...

That Mimosa blossom is really pretty. I've never heard of that kind of tree before.

Can't wait to see all the Olympic events. It's gonna be a blast!

Declan said...

It's great you got so many hummingbirds! Deccy x

ShellePenn said...

Mom said she would have rather seen a post about the drink Mimosa... but that is Puddles rubbing off on her we thinks.

Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

marley said...

Very interestin post my pal. We dont got mimosas or hummers in da UK, at least not that I have seen.

Bassetmomma said...

How great to have so many hummingbirds coming around. I love the mimosa tree!