Staring out my home office window, I noticed some bright green spots on the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) and promptly went outside to investigate. As background, this is a tree that spends a good deal of the year naked (except for the seedpods that it drops all year). It doesn't leaf out until late April or early May and it begins dropping both foliage and flowers once in starts blooming in late June, returning to its naked state in October.
|Here's what the tree looks like at the moment when viewed from a distance|
So what's happening here?!
|But no, yesterday I found signs of more conventional stem development on a couple of the tree's higher branches. Still, the fact that it's leafing out almost 4 months ahead of schedule is very odd.|
Perhaps the fact that we've had the driest start to our "rainy season" since 1930 has the tree acting as if we've leap-frogged winter into spring? Or perhaps it overheard me talking to the arborist about cutting it back or even taking it out? It remains to be seen whether the fresh green foliage will be short-lived or the start of a trend.
Meanwhile, across the street, the tree that MDN of Un jardin en clima subtropical húmedo identified for me as Melia azedarbach (aka Chinaberry or Persian Lilac) is positively glowing.
Back in my own garden, our citrus trees look to be headed for a banner year despite the woeful lack of rain.
I've even paid a couple of visits to my local garden centers since Christmas and, although they've yet to restock after clearing out their Christmas trees, I managed to find sufficient items of interest to liquidate the gift cards I received as Christmas presents. Most of those purchases have gone into plants for the new lath house, which I'll share at another time. However, I saw some interesting cacti on one recent trip, which I thought I'd share.
|This is Opuntia subulata montrose 'Gumbi'. I'd never seen an Opuntia sporting bright colored foliage reminiscent of Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire' before.|
|The garden center also stocked several of 'Gumbi's' relatives, including this one labeled as Christmas Tree Cactus|
|And this hybrid (Opuntia vestita x subulata), labeled as Opuntia hybrid crest 'Roller Coaster'|
|This plant was also new to me. It's Pereskia grandiflora violacea. My photo doesn't do the flower justice. All these plants were under a shade structure that made them difficult to photograph.|
That's my wrap up for the week. Enjoy your weekend!
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