Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fifty Year Old Bloomers

Having a fifty-one year old house can be a real pain, but there is one distinct advantage to living in an old house and old neighborhood: the mature plants! Check out these blooming bradford pears in our yard, some of the largest I have ever seen:

I know these trees are nearing the end of their lives, so I am extra appreciative of the beautiful blooms each spring.

This camellia is easily twice the size of the one I posted recently. It blooms about a month later. It's blooming now, but this picture is from last year - check out the one white bloom near the bottom:
It had a hundred or more hot pink blooms and one white one. I haven't seen another white one before or since. A close-up:
These old bloomers are pretty much care-free. No watering or fertilizing. We did have one of the bradford pears that was leaning precariously pruned a bit last year.

1 comment:

Daffodil Planter said...

We have a 50 year old house that we bought because of the mature garden. Lots of camellias like yours, and tall rhododendrons. We love the garden but have been replacing things inside the house for years.

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