Sunday, May 13, 2012

May Photos, Day 12—Something That Makes You Happy

I have always loved Mimosa trees.  Maybe it’s because my grandparents had one at their old house, and it became my ideal of the perfect “homey” tree.  I don’t know.  I know most people (at least around here) are not particularly fond of them; many folks consider them practically a weed.

Still, at the first home my husband and I bought, we planted one.  Unfortunately, we moved before it grew big enough to bloom.

In the fall of 1998 we moved into our current (and likely last) home; we planted a a Mimosa the following year.  It took 11 years before it bloomed for the first time, and I thought we’d be graced with those whimsical pink flowers every year from then on.  But then it didn’t bloom last year.  It was a dreadfully hot summer, and I was afraid maybe it had been permanently damaged. 

But today, as I was returning home from my walk, I saw a welcome sight:  blooms!  Only a couple so far, and on the “back side” of the tree (you know, the one I can’t see from my normal vantage point), but I’m thrilled just the same.  And since I went running into the kitchen to immediately tell my husband and show him the pictures, I think it definitely qualifies as something that makes me happy.  Yay for tree flowers!

12. Something that makes you happy


  1. Ive always like hibicus plants for much the same reason you like Mimosa trees
    when I was growing up my parents had a large round one growing in our back garden I still remember it like it was yesterday
    they also had a big violet garden Im planning planting mine this spring

    so pleased for you :) I bet lots of childhood memories came flooding back too :)

    1. Yes, I love things like that, that just bring back all the fun thoughts. It's those sorts of things that create traditions, and I think that's exactly what we need.

      Good luck with your upcoming garden.