Currently my only flowers...

annie1992July 17, 2006

My favorite tree is the Catalpa tree I have right next to my driveway here in town. It's very temperamental and every year I think it's dead because it doesn't get leaves until at least June. It blooms only occasionally, which is why I quickly took a picture. The scent is extremely "heavy" and sweet, almost overwhelming. When the flowers are gone, the tree gets long pods, like a vanilla bean pod but about 4 or 5 times as long.

I ought to do a little research, this tree has never grown much, never gets tall. It grows weird and crooked, reminding me of a bonsai for some reason.

Annie

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centralcacyclist

Wow! Is that a beauty! I've seen those here, HUGE leaves.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 11:31AM
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dedtired

Aren't they nice! I wish you could send a link to the aroma. I just love flowers. Whenever they have a wonderful scent, I always imagine myself sniffing and floating like a cartoon character. Ahhh!

Pam

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 11:33AM
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annie1992

Pam, that tree is about 20 feet from the house, but you can smell it two or three houses away, the smell is everywhere. I love it, but the flowers are already dying.

Barnmom, those leaves are huge, bigger than both of my hands together. The clusters of flowers can be as big as a soccer ball, but only last a couple of days, sadly.

Annie

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 1:42PM
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homesforsale

We have Catalpas in my town and they take my breath away.. Like Amelanchiers..Flowering Crabapples , Lilacs and Cornus Kouzas(SP?)

Lucky you.. They are gorgeous!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 7:14PM
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canarybird01

Oh those look beautiful Annie !

I love trees that have a wafting perfume. They look like something that would grow here.

SharonCb

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 8:02PM
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bubbeskitchen

Wowee! Those are gorgeous! How come so short lived, I wonder. Are the seedpods used for anything besides reproducing?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 9:41PM
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annie1992

I don't know why they go so quickly, but we just had a big storm, including a tornado touchdown, and all the flowers are gone. Sigh.

I don't know if the seeds can be used for anything, I've planted them to try to grow more trees but have been unsuccessful. Of course. LOL

Sharon, those do look like something that would grow in your part of the world, don't they?

Monique, I AM lucky, I inherited this tree when I bought the house and no one else in town has one. Several people would like one, which is why I've been trying to grow more. Maybe I should get Dad to do it, that'd give him something to do!

Annie

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 10:42PM
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kent4489

Oh, very pretty!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 9:25AM
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compumom

When I did a search on the net to see if it would grow out here I did see a note that the seed pods were poisionous.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seeds

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 9:32AM
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doucanoe

That is a beautiful tree! We had two Catalpa's at our old house. If I had room for one more tree here, Catalpa is what I would plant!

Linda

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 12:45PM
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sheshebop

Annie, it is gorgeous...have you seen the Catalpa worms???

Here is a link that might be useful: catalpa worms

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 3:10PM
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annie1992

Nope, Sherry, no worms, just my poor little Catalpa that never has grown more than about 10 feet tall. Poor thing, at least it doesn't get worms!

Annie

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 3:47PM
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