I've expressed concerns about the large mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) that serves as a centerpiece of sorts in my backyard garden. It produced a few random sprigs of foliage off-season this past winter, then failed to leaf out as normal in March. In late May, it was still bare and, with evidence of shot hole borer, I said I thought it was a goner. Within a week or so of that pronouncement, I finally began to see leaves appear throughout its canopy.
|The tree isn't leafing out uniformly and the coverage doesn't begin to approach what would be normal for this time of year but the event may have earned the tree at least a temporary reprieve|
The next surprise showed up among my Agapanthus, which are nearing the peak of their annual bloom cycle. In one area, I located two mutant stems, each sporting two separate flowers.
|In addition to producing a normal flower at the terminus of its stalk, the stem in the foreground shows a second smaller flower emerging mid-way down the stem. Another such stem can be seen in the background. An example of fasciation perhaps?|
The last observation wasn't unexpected like the first two but it did make me smile.
|After rolling about in the anthers of a Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri), this bee took off locked and loaded (with sacs of pollen)|
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